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LMPD officers hit the pool for water rescue training

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Police work is tough enough on dry land, but on Wednesday, LMPD officers trained for work that will take them into and under the water.

Some officers underwent training with dive team instructors at the Mary T. Maghear Aquatic Center to learn how to respond quickly in case of a water rescue.

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Training includes officers learning how to go into water without taking off their shoes, uniform or equipment.

The officers also are learning how to reach a drowning victim, while keeping themselves and the other person calm. 

"Prime example, last week, Jeffersontown had a water rescue with a child in the water, so we don't want to waste any time having to take our stuff off. We want officers to know their limitations before getting into the water," said Sgt. John Payne, an LMPD water survival instructor. 

Payne says Jefferson County covers about 35 miles of river, in addition to emergency calls at ponds, creeks, ditches, and pools. 

The LMPD will also spend time training officers on water rescues on Thursday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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