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Officials gather to discuss coping with line of duty deaths

By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Officials from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services are helping local police chiefs and their officers plan for traumatic events that they hope will never happen, but that the area has already seen three times in recent years.

How to deal with officer deaths is one topic of discussion at Tuesday's seminar at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica.

Chiefs and officers from the New Hartford and Utica Police Departments and the Oneida County Sheriff attended the forum.

All three have lost officers in recent years.

The state saw a need for resources in this area and that's why Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Criminal Justice Services, Michael C. Green, came to Utica Tuesday.

"The idea here is to help departments plan so that if they do wind up in those unfortunate situations, they're prepared to deal with issues like, how does this affect the family? How does this affect the other police officers who are responding? How does if affect the other police officers on the force?" Green said.

Several dozen police officers and administrators attended the seminar as well where some survivors of incidents where officers were killed in the line of duty spoke.

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