NM officers attend survival training to honor slain cop

James McGrane was shot while conducting a traffic stop in 2006


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The fourth annual Officer Survival Training Program for law enforcement started Tuesday in Albuquerque.

Nearly 300 officers from different agencies around the state are attending the two-day conference.

The training covers numerous scenarios from traffic stops to different approaches of people in everyday situations, including video clips of real life scenes where officers have died in the line of duty.

There are also graphic pictures of slain deputies and victims used to illustrate how important safety and survival techniques are in the day-to-day life of those in law enforcement.

Calibre Press, the company that puts on the seminar, hosts similar programs throughout the country.

They've been involved with the New Mexico version since it was started in 2007 by Jim and Rita McGrane.

The McGrane's are the parents of murdered Bernalillo County Sheriff's Deputy James McGrane Jr. He was shot dead while conducting a traffic stop back in March of 2006.

A continuous fundraising effort is done year after year by the McGrane's to bring the survival program to the state.

They said they want to make sure that all law enforcement officers can attend the yearly seminar for free.

The expenses for space, equipment and the program itself cost minimum of $35,000 a year.

The year's seminar is being held at the Radisson Hotel at 2500 Carlisle in Northeast Albuquerque and will run through Wednesday.

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