Zanesville Police Officers receive Safety and Wellness Training

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio- The Zanesville Police Department was selected to take part in the VALOR Immersion Project. ZPD was 1 in 5 chosen out of 100 agencies nationwide that applied.

This project is under the Bureau of Justice Assistance and is designed to provide officer safety and wellness training. The results of these assessments will lead to virtual training discussing categories such as tactical safety, traffic safety, and mental, physical and financial wellness.

“Law enforcement officers, at this point, are about 21 years less likely to live to the average age… They for whatever reason because of all the stress that’s put on these officers over the course of 30 years, officers don’t typically live long enough or that long after retirement,” ZPD Police Chief Tony Coury said. 

The program was designed for rural or tribal communities and ZPD will receive the training at no cost with the help of the BJA. Since the establishment of the initiative, more than 64,000 officers have received VALOR training nationwide.

“It’s going to help them, not only with their fitness, but it’s going to help them financially to be able to plan for the future and be able to look forward to retirement and to have a positive retirement and make sure they are financially able to leave when it’s time to do so,” Coury said. 

Today began the introduction to the project for ZPD officers. For more information about the VALOR Immersion Project, visit www.valorforblue.org.

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Natalie grew up in Martinsburg, WV and graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Journalism emphasizing in broadcast. During her time at WVU, she worked and interned with WVU Athletics Video, where she helped with video production on game days. Her senior year of college, she was the Sports Reporter/Anchor for “WVU News,” an Emmy-award winning newscast produced by journalism students. Natalie is a huge sports fanatic. She is a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Penguins, but when it comes to football, she cheers on the LA Rams. Her dream job is to be a reporter in the NHL.