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Traffic Safety Grants Awarded to Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy

10/31/2019

(LONDON, Ohio) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost today announced that the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) has received two grants totaling $280,000 to provide training for law enforcement officers on topics including identifying impaired drivers and investigating traffic collisions. 

“Providing training is something we can do to help those whose job it is to help protect us,” Yost said. “Ohio’s law enforcement officers deserve the best resources available to keep our community safe – a goal we all aim to achieve.”

An Impaired Driving Training Grant award totaling $200,000 will be used to reimburse the costs of tuition for Ohio law enforcement officers who attend the following OPOTA courses:

A Traffic Safety Grant Program award totaling $80,000 will be used to reimburse the cost of tuition for Ohio law enforcement officers who attend the following OPOTA courses: 
  • Advanced Traffic Collision Investigation (Level II): covers advanced techniques for investigating traffic collisions, including measuring, mapping and analyzing vehicle behavior. 
  • RADAR and LiDAR Operator: teaches participants to operate radar and lidar devices (which measure speed) and includes field exercises, mock trial preparation and courtroom testimony practice. 
  • RADAR and LiDAR Instructor: trains participants to provide instruction on the operation of radar and lidar devices, as well as trial preparation and giving courtroom testimony.
  • Traffic Collision Investigation (Level I): covers techniques for investigating traffic collisions, including preparing field sketches and applying mathematical formulas to determine vehicle speed. 
  • Vehicle Dynamics (Level III): provides techniques and formulas for investigating traffic collisions, including instruction on vehicle systems, vehicle motion, hydroplaning and rollovers, as well as determining energy, speed and velocity. 
Funding for the grants comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, made available through the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

Law enforcement officers may register for these and other OPOTA courses on the Ohio Attorney General’s website. OPOTA, which is part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, provides instruction on a variety of subjects for the Ohio law enforcement community using the latest research and industry best practices.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Steve Irwin: 614-728-5417
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