NHTSA to Offer Free Traffic Safety Training

If you’ve been following the news lately, you have heard we have lost several officers to traffic crashes and from being struck, especially while deploying spike strips.  This class addresses the need for officers to watch their speed and use good judgement during our daily activities, a​​nd discusses strategies to reduce the threats faced while driving and conducting traffic enforcement.  

Th​e​ 4-hour ​morning session, TOPS – Traffic Occupant Protection Strategies​ (800 – 1200 hours)​, is designed for officers and supervisors to increase understanding of how law enforcement officers save lives and prevent injuries by enforcing traffic laws. The class will also discuss:

· The toll traffic crashes have on the community

· Occupant protection laws

· Crash dynamics

· Special risks to law enforcement

· Effective methods of issuing citations

· Effects of high visibility traffic enforcement on preventing and clearing other crimes

​The afternoon session is titled ​Officer Roadside Safety (1300 – 1700 h​ours​)​.​

More officers are killed as a result of automobile accidents, struck by vehicles and intentional vehicle assaults than any other method. Participants of this 4-hour course will review and discuss the prevalence of officer accidents, traffic related accidents and deaths in recent history. Various contributing factors will be discussed including fatigue, equipment, staffing and individual officer experience.

This program will include specific recommendations on how to prevent and survive roadside incidents, including vehicle positioning, traffic stop recommendations, lane closure and traffic direction recommendations.  

The ​ entire training will run from 8 a.m.​​ to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 18 and will be hosted by the Palmyra Police Department in the Sesquicentennial Building at 621 Johnston Avenue in Palmyra.

There is no charge for this training. Both classes are POST Certified. 8 Hours POST credit will be provided by the Missouri Safety Center at no cost to the participant. Class size is limited. Contact Assistant Chief Ronald Peer at 573-769-5540 or rpeer@palmyrapd.com for further information. Bring your POST Number.

And please share this information with any agency that might be interested.

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