NY Requires Law Enforcement Officers to be Trained on CPR

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Posted: Monday, August 28, 2017 7:52 pm | Updated: 8:29 am, Wed Aug 30, 2017.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation, known as Briana's Law, that requires State Police and New York Police Department candidates and officers to receive CPR training prior to graduation and every two years after.

"This common-sense law will give law enforcement the training and the tools that will help save lives," said Governor Cuomo. "CPR is a critical skill and by requiring law enforcement candidates and officers to become certified, we can create a safer New York for all."

The bill changes the requirement and practice for the NYPD, which is not currently required to complete CPR training and recertification. The new law reinforces the current practice of State Troopers, who are currently required to complete CPR training and recertification every two years.

On August 27, 2010, Briana Ojeda suffered an asthma attack while playing at a local playground. On the way to the hospital, Briana's mother was stopped by a police officer who was unable to perform CPR. Briana died shortly after she got to the hospital.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, or CPR, is a life-saving technique administered when a person's breathing or heartbeat has stopped. CPR keeps oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs, which can keep someone alive until medical assistance can be provided.

"Briana Ojeda and her family have given the gift of life to New Yorkers who turn to help from police. Briana's Law ensures our police officers have the training to provide life-saving assistance in an emergency. Thanks to my colleagues for seeing the wisdom of this measure, thanks to Assistant Speaker Felix Ortiz for his leadership on this issue, and thanks to Carmen and Michael Ojeda, Briana's parents, whose strength, advocacy and sense of purpose has seen this measure through to legislative passage," Senator Jesse Hamilton. "Governor Cuomo's signing Briana's Law vindicates a seven-year effort to make communities across New York safer, with police who are more capable of delivering aid in emergencies. This is a legacy truly worthy of Briana Ojeda's memory."

SOURCE: Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

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