Cuomo Signs Law Requiring State Police To Receive CPR Training

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed Briana’s Law, requiring State Police and New York Police Department candidates and officers to receive CPR training prior to graduation and every two years after.

“This common-sense law will give law enforcement the training and the tools that will help save lives,” Cuomo said. “CPR is a critical skill and by requiring law enforcement candidates and officers to become certified, we can create a safer New York for all.”

The bill (A2115 /S3165) changes the requirement and practice for the NYPD, which is not currently required to complete CPR training and recertification. The new law reinforces the current practice of State Troopers, who are currently required to complete CPR training and recertification every two years.

On August 27, 2010, Briana Ojeda suffered an asthma attack while playing at a local playground. On the way to the hospital, her mother was stopped by a police officer who was unable to perform CPR. Briana died shortly after she got to the hospital.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, or CPR, is a life-saving technique administered when a person’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped. CPR keeps oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs, which can keep someone alive until medical assistance can be provided.

The new law will go into effect in 60 days.

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