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Mahoning County deputies and local police train for challenges faced on the street

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Each and every day crime brings its challenges for police determined to protect and serve, and to stop the violence that often plagues the streets.

Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene tells 21 News, "Drugs right now is a big issue. But there's so many different areas in law enforcement that can become dangerous issues; dealing with the mentally ill, dealing with domestic violence, dealing with drugs and gangs."

But what can make a critical difference is training that keeps the community safe, and the officer out of harm’s way.

"It's training, training and training, and being prepared to be able to protect yourself and to protect others. Knowledge of the job, knowledge of your environment, but really it's training through repetition. So a lot of times, God forbid, if you have to protect somebody else or yourself, that it comes second nature to you," Sheriff Greene said.

But along with that training and the best equipment, communication is often the life blood for first responders who know every minute and second count in a crisis.

John Beshara is the chief of the Youngstown State University Police Department, "Communication is the most vital thing we can do. Good communication between all of the emergency responders, both locally and abroad, allows us to know what's going on. We all know each other, if there's an incident that communication goes out, we know what's going on, we respond to it."

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