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Ohio training will aim to improve officer safety

COLUMBUS(AP) — Several law enforcement agencies are partnering to offer free training for officers around Ohio to promote on-the-job safety as part of a larger effort to reduce officer fatalities.

A State Highway Patrol spokesman says the training ranges from simply reminding police to wear seat belts to more complicated issues, such as when to pursue a suspect. The first regional training session is planned Aug. 26 in Findlay.

It uses instruction from the Below 100 initiative aimed at getting the annual national number of deaths in the line of duty under 100. The initiative says that level hasn’t been reached in 70 years.

The Ohio training was unveiled Monday along with a different officer-safety measure: Nationwide Insurance is funding body armor vests for some officers, starting with police in Sugar Grove.

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