Have you every wondered what it takes to safely drive an emergency vehicle?
KSN got a behind-the-scenes look at the training law enforcement must complete before they can drive a police unit.
“In law enforcement, you need to be able to adapt to the weather, adapt to traffic especially if you are running lights and sirens. You have to be able to know how to handle the vehicle,” said Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office PIO Aaron Miller.
Miller said each recruit must complete and pass the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) before becoming a deputy.
Recruits spend about a dozen hours in the classroom and about 26 hours on the driving course.
“We start them off and walk them through verbally and the instructor will hop in the car. They will slowly demonstrate it and then we will demonstrate it at speed and then we let the recruits take over and then we just follow in a car,” Miller explained.
The recruits are taught several basic skills: vehicle placement, negotiation, backing and quick decision making.
“We would rather induce stress on the recruits in a controlled environment so that way they know how to react in real life,” Miller said. “It’s teaching them the precision driving they need to handle the job.”
After training, the recruits must pass what is called the qualification course in under 3 minutes. The course consists of slaloms, reversing, and parking among other things.