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Thursday, 24 June 2021

Starkville police officers participate in refresher training

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Starkville police officers participate in refresher training
Starkville police officers participate in refresher training
The training is given once a year to patrol officers.

What to do... and when to do it can often save a life.

This afternoon a police department in the golden triangle enjoyed a refresher course on a variety of life saving skills.

Wtva's rhea thornton is live outside the starkville police department to talk about today's training.

Officers in the starkville police department found themselves outside of their patrol cars today jogging their memory on techniques to keep folks in the area safe during a life threatening event.

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Charlie jones - sergeant at starkville police department: "if you don't train on it, you tend to lose it."

Charlie jones is a sergeant at the starkville police department.

He along with several other officers sat in the conference room today for an update on techniques that could save lives.

Charlie jones - sergeant at starkville police department: "in regards to vehicle accidents, individuals who've injured themselves, gunshot victims, all of it plays a part in hopefully saving lives."

The training is given once a year to patrol officers, refreshing them on treating bleeding victims and airway control.

Victoria hickerson was one of those educating the officers.

Victoria hickerson - education coordinator for mississippi trauma care system foundation: "in an emergency situation, our fine motor skills and our thinking tend to dwindle.

So, when they go through this training, it helps to really really set in what to do in a life-threatening, bleeding situation."

Hickerson said she gives a powerpoint presentation to show officers what to do, and then gives them hands-on experience to make sure they understand correctly.

Sergeant jones hopes the officers dedication to safety outside of their on duty work, creates a lasting impression on the community.

Charlie jones - sergeant at starkville police department: "i think it shows the community that we care when we put in training like this and the officers know what they're doing and how to handle a situation professionally."

Now, jones did mention that officers also received numerous trainings on how to handle victims who potentially could have the coronavirus.

He said they always carry personal protective equipment and try doing work outside of the home as much as possible.

Reporting live in starkville, rhea thornton wtva 9 news.

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