ALBANY - A new law will require all New York state troopers and New York City police officers to receive regular training in CPR.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law this week, mandating that all troopers and NYPD officers learn CPR techniques before graduating the police academy and every two years after that.
The law, which lawmakers approved in June, is known as Briana's Law.
Cuomo signed it Sunday, the seventh anniversary of the death of Briana Ojeda, an 11-year-old who died of an asthma attack. An NYPD officer who encountered Ojeda en route to the hospital was unable to perform CPR.
"This common-sense law will give law enforcement the training and the tools that will help save lives,” Cuomo in a statement.
The new law takes effect 60 days from last Sunday.
The State Police had already mandated regular CPR training while the NYPD had not, according to Cuomo's office. The new law will formalize the requirement for both.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is a rescue technique used when a person isn't breathing or has no heartbeat.
The bill had support from the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.