UTRGV PD to offer life-saving ‘Below 100’ training for active law enforcement officers

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JUNE 3, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Police Department (UTRGV PD) will offer “Below 100” training to active law enforcement and their spouses, aimed at reducing line-of-duty deaths nationally to less than 100, a number not seen since 1943. 

Training will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 22, at the University Ballroom on the Edinburg Campus. It is free and open to all active law enforcement officers at local, state and federal agencies.

Participants should register in advance with UTRGV PD Training Officer Antonio Zarzoza, who is certified to instruct this course. If your spouse will be participating, please register him/her at the same time. Space is limited, so pre-registration is encouraged.

This course is part of an aggressive nationwide initiative focused on reaching out to as many officers as possible.

The UTRGV Police Department’s Training Division is one of the few training providers certified to teach this course in Texas, and is only agency south of Austin that offers “Below 100.”

The focus will be for each officer, trainer and supervisor to take individual and collective responsibility for the decisions and actions that contribute to safety, and focuses on instilling a culture of safety throughout the various law enforcement departments they serve. 

The all-time high for officer deaths was in 1974, when 280 officers were killed in the line of duty. On average, about 150 officers have been killed per year in the past 10 years, a drop that can be attributed to innovations in training, emergency medicine, vehicle safety and developments in ballistic armor. 

The five core concepts of the Below 100 course are:

  • Wear your Seatbelt.
  • Wear your Vest.
  • Watch your Speed.
  • WIN - What’s Important Now?
  • Remember: Complacency Kills! 

The course philosophy is to honor the fallen by training the living. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Lt. Art Barrera, UTRGV PD Professional Standards Division, at (956) 665-7151, or email him at arthur.barrera@utrgv.edu.

TO REGISTER: Contact Officer Zarzoza at (956) 665-2988, or email him at antonio.zarzoza@utrgv.edu.

Marci.Caltabiano@UTRGV.edu UTRGV Director of News and Internal Communications

Jennifer.McGehee@UTRGV.edu UTRGV Director of Public Relations