Thomasville Times Enterprise

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April 16, 2014

DRIVER’S TEST

THOMASVILLE — Thomasville Police Department (TPD) personnel recently completed an eight-hour defensive drivers training course designed to equip officers with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely maneuver their vehicles in a myriad scenarios.

The training opportunity was led by TPD training officer Lt. Shane Harris.

According to Harris, using the EASYDRIFT training system — a wheel ring that can be easily mounted around standard patrol car tires and simulates low-grip conditions — allows officers to simulate control issues usually experienced during high-speed situations.

“With this system, we can simulate high-speed dynamics at much lower speeds, in a much more controllable environment, which allows for a safer training experience,” Harris said.

“In addition to improving our vehicle safety record, the wheel-mounted training system saves us thousands of dollars, since we don’t have to purchase or rent any specialized training vehicles,” he added.

Each year, TPD holds two rounds of continued drivers education and training to improve safety and reduce the occurrence of at-fault accidents.

“The surprising reality is that one of the greatest threats all law enforcement officers face today is their own patrol vehicles. Our officers always strive to achieve excellence in and out of their patrol vehicles,” said police Chief Ellis Jackson. “The safety and security of our citizens, as well as our officers, will always be our top priority.”

 

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