You drive like a girlMay 10th, 2012 at 5:06 pm by Jaclyn Bevis under COPS 101
In this week’s Terre Haute Police Department Civilian Academy we covered emergency vehicle operations. (In police lingo, they call it EVO.)
We started it in the classroom going over some vital information. In the actual police academy, they spend 2 weeks on the EVO course. In the classroom, we learned about what types of calls are necessary to answer “hot”. (In police speak, that’s lights, sirens, and speed.) Those involve motor vehicle accidents, robbery in process, battery in process, and things they can stop. Otherwise, if they’re responding to a theft report, they aren’t expected to use their lights, sirens, and speed. It seems obvious, since utilizing those things puts the public at a definite risk.
After going over a few of those things, we headed out to the cone course. I have to say this was an intimidating part of training. These officers clearly know what they’re doing on the road. Before this course, I don’t know if I would have described myself as a timid driver. (I doubt anyone who’s ridden with me would either.) In this course though, I started out fairly timid.
First, Sgt. Jason Czupryn showed us the course “his way”. He knows his stuff. It was awesome to go through the course with him. Then, it was our turn.
The course was tough. Luckily, Sgt. Czupryn is a training professional. He helped explain when hit the gas, the break, and just coast. It may sound simple, but there is definitely an art to this. Think of Tiger Woods as a golfer. He’s good. Some people can golf, but very few of them display the talent that he has (in the past). Driving, although it’s hard for me to understand, is similar. Not everyone can reach the same ability as far as driving. It’s something where each officer finds their abilities, and then they run with it.
One of the most difficult things is learning the car. It definitely drives different than my little Honda. I know in my car I avoid squealing tires and sharp curves at high speeds. In this element, I created a comfort level for myself to be alright with some loud tires, a quick change from reverse to drive, and using my seatbelt to its maximum potential.
All in all, I feel like I did fairly well. I killed very few cones, and after a few runs, my speed improved. I adjusted to the car as well, but I think most importantly, I learned a little more about what goes into the training of an officer for driving. It’s something most of you and I do regularly, but they spend time perfecting their talents in driving. Their car can be just as dangerous as their gun, and they are trained to create minimal to no risk to the public.
Next up: We head to the shooting range.