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Hancock County sheriff's deputies attend top speed training

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HANCOCK COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Driving at top speeds can be exhilarating, but also requires proper training. Local sheriff's deputies took part in statewide advanced driving training Wednesday, at no cost to taxpayers.

According to the Ohio Department of Safety, traffic crashes are the leading cause of on-duty deaths of law enforcement officers. That is why deputies from the Hancock County Sheriff's Department were among the 22 officers from 10 different Ohio agencies at the training in Lexington, Ohio.

During the Advanced Emergency Vehicle Operations Training through the Ohio Highway Patrol, officers learned about vehicle dynamics, negotiating curves and road positioning while driving at high speeds.

In the past this training was paid for by the individual agencies, but this year all costs were paid for using funds from state casino revenues.

This is the first time Hancock County sheriff's deputies have been offered additional training outside of the training academy. Department officials want to make sure that their officers, on duty and off, are the best drivers on the road.

"We are examples to the public too. We need to drive with due regard when we are called upon to drive at higher speeds. And we want to make sure that the officers are being safe, and also the public is being safe when we are operating in that manner," said Matt Kinsinger from the Hancock County Sheriff's Office.

The Hancock County Sheriff's Department plans to eventually offer this training to all 22 of their road patrol deputies.

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