The Rockford Police Department and departments around the country are working to reduce fatalities in their workforces.
Last year 105 police officers died in the line of duty in the United States. This year, however, that number has dropped by 39 percent. The Rockford Police Department undergoes numerous training sessions throughout the year to learn skills like defensive driving and other tactics. The department also recently purchased $150,000 simulators which help officers learn to navigate real-life situations.
"We do everything we can in terms of training, getting our officers equipped the best as possible proficiently, and at the end of the duty to get our officers home safely," Police Chief Chet Epperson said.
The State of Illinois has had two officer fatalities so far this year.
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