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New Law Requires NYPD to Get CPR Training

By Trevor Kapp | August 28, 2017 1:39pm
 Briana's Law mandates that NYPD officers learn CPR.
Briana's Law mandates that NYPD officers learn CPR.
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MIDTOWN — NYPD officers will be required to undergo CPR training before joining the force and every two years after under a new law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo signed “Briana’s Law” on Sunday, mandating that state police and NYPD candidates and officers receive the training.

“This common-sense law will give law enforcement the training and the tools that will help save lives," Cuomo said in a statement. 

"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 NYPD is not currently required to complete CPR training and recertification.

The law comes seven years to the day Briana Ojeda suffered a fatal asthma attack at a Brooklyn playground. Ojeda’s mother had stopped a police officer who was unable to perform CPR.

The law goes into effect 60 days from when it was signed.

Lawmakers said it’s long overdue.  

"Briana Ojeda and her family have given the gift of life to New Yorkers who turn to help from police,” State Sen. Jesse Hamilton said in a statement. “Briana's Law ensures our police officers have the training to provide life-saving assistance in an emergency.”