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Police Focus on Officer Safety
Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on June 21, 2013 @ 8:54AM
Created on June 20, 2013 @ 6:46PM

Local police have gone back to the training techniques that help keep themselves safe after a scuffle that landed a Morgantown police officer in the hospital. That officer is now doing alright.

This all happened after 33-year-old Brandon Arnold tried to flee from officers as they were trying to put cuffs on him. That's when Arnold allegedly tried to swipe that officers pistol. That act alone is a felony that will send a person to jail for no more than five years, and it's a constant worry for officers while they are out in the field.

"We continue with that training, and our fire arms training that we have annually, even semi- annually here as well, and it is addressed all the time. There is a large number of officers that are actually injured or killed with their own weapon. It's a serious problem." said Rick Adkins, Chief Administrator for the Morgantown Police Department.

Officers say that they continue to keep the safety techniques that they learned in the academy as a top priority when they are out in the field.

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