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member servIces reducInG In-the-line-of duty deaths with Below 100 traIn tHe traIner By Natalie Sellers LGRMS Field Representative, Southern Territory THE BELOW 100 Program is an initiative that aims to reduce the number of in-the-line-ofduty deaths in law enforcement to below 100, a number not seen since 1943. Improvements in training and advancements in equipment have greatly contributed to a decrease in lineof-duty deaths across the nation. However, individual officers can greatly improve their survivability by adopting the five tenants of the Below 100 Program. An average of 150 officers per year are lost in the line of duty. Working together will help bring that number below 100. Any loss of life, on the job or not, can be devastating for the families and friends left behind in mourning. That mourning increases tenfold when the death may have been preventable. On May 12, 2015, Local Government Risk Management Services (LGRMS), the risk management arm of ACCG and the Georgia Municipal Association, teamed up with the Below 100 program to host "Below 100 Train the Trainer Day in Georgia". Four core instructors of the Below 100 Program traveled to Georgia from Michigan, Alabama, Florida, and even from across the Peach State. The instructors provided vital training to 113 Georgia law enforcement officers on the Below 100 program and how to deliver it to other law enforcement members. The training was held in four separate locations throughout the state. Training took place in Cartersville/Bartow County in the north, Pine Mountain/Harris County in the west, Grovetown/Columbia in the east, and Tifton/Tift County in the south. "If we would just slow down, wear our seatbelts and clear intersections, we could get our line of duty deaths to Below 100 a year" said Dale Stockton, one of the founders of the Below 100 program. Participants in the training sessions were equipped with valuable knowledge that help them improve their in-the-line-of-duty safety. The program identified five key tenets by which everyone can improve officer safety: 1. Wear your Seatbelt. 2. Wear your Vest. 3. Watch your Speed. 4. WIN-What's Important Now. 5. Remember: Complacency Kills. The newly trained officers were challenged to take the training back to their respective and neighboring departments to reach as many people as they can to help reduce preventable line-of duty-deaths. Law enforcement needs your help and support. It takes everyone working together to reduce the number of preventable line-of-duty deaths. Since 1980, there have been 150 lineof-duty deaths due to ejections. Historically, vehicles kill more cops than guns. ■ If you would like to host a Below 100 training class in your county, please contact your LGRMS area representative for more information on this valuable training. Visit for more information. FALL 2015 77

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Fall 2015

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
Putting the Private Sector to Work for Georgia’s Counties
Military Partnerships with Georgia Counties a Win-Win
Georgia Helps Itself: The Efforts to Provide Funding Alternatives
A New Direction
Rebounding Economy Leads to Reform in Property Tax Law
The Crisis on our Roads: Turning the Tide on Surge in Georgia Traffic Deaths
2015 Legislative Service Award Recipients
Education and Economic Development Go Hand-in-Hand
County Collaborations with Local Schools Save Money, Improve Efficiency
Georgia’s Technical Colleges: Where Business and Education Intersect
Welcome to 191 Peachtree, ACC G's New Home
Georgia County Internship Program: Summer Success Stories
ACCG Heads to Jekyll Island for the Legislative Leadership Conference
Conference Agenda
I, You, Me, and We
Reducing In-the-Line-of Duty Deaths with Below 100 Train the Trainer
“Her Majesty” Instills Valuable Lessons: Lessons learned from the Hancock County Courthouse Fire
Thank You to our Partners
Why Can’t We Just Keep It All? The Case for Records & Information Management
Social Media and the Dog Tags
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - Fall 2015