One skill (among many!) that is essential for law enforcement officers is the ability safely operate a motor vehicle. Driving — sounds simple enough, right? Indeed, but cops must be proficient behind the wheel in a variety of situations. Safety and presence of mind are key, particularly in times of stress.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 97% of training academies offer instruction in vehicle operations, with a median of 40 hours of instruction. That’s a lot of drive time!
As a cadet, you will learn how to accelerate, brake, turn, and steer in a number of demanding driving scenarios. Hours of practice take place in a controlled environment so when you hit the streets, you’re well prepared for everything from directed patrols to high speed pursuits.
Here’s a look inside training with the Edmond, Oklahoma, Police Department:
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