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During the driver training hours, the recruit is instructed in the limitations and inherent problems involved while driving a vehicle during both routine and emergency operation. State law and agency policies regarding operation of a vehicle under emergency and non-emergency conditions are discussed. The liability issues and inherent physical dangers of emergency and pursuit driving are also covered. The components that provide the foundation for skill development and good driving habits are demonstrated and discussed. Proper vehicle inspections are also outlined
After receiving the classroom instruction, on the driving course , the recruit is instructed in and then be expected to demonstrate the proper methods for controlling a vehicle during evasive maneuvers under emergency and pursuit driving conditions. The recruit will be expected to utilize the braking and steering techniques while operating police vehicles during the day and at night through various hands-on driver training exercises.
During the 66+ hours of firearms instructions during the academy, the recruit learns the proper weapon handling skills and tactics utilizing academy owned Glock 9 mm handguns and Remington or Mossberg shotguns. The recruit receives classroom instruction and demonstration before the hours of practical exercise at the Hillsboro Range and the Arnold Gun Club. Firearms exercises include day and night shooting, skeet, stress combat scenarios, and shooting decisions. Minimum qualification course scores of 70.00% for both the handgun and shotgun will be required for the recruit to successfully complete this skill development area.
The recruit also has access to training on the Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) machine located at the academy for firearms, defense tactics, and practical application scenarios.
Upon entry to the academy, the recruit is assessed according to the most commonly recognized entry level standards used by law enforcement agencies upon entry to the academy, and must attain minimum standards prior to graduation. In addition to hours of supervised aerobic and strength building training hours, instructors educate and reinforce the need for peace officers to be in good physical condition in order to perform the physical requirements of the job (running, climbing, carrying, dragging, pushing, etc.), to maintain a professional appearance, to reduce the risk of heart disease and other health problems, to reduce the risk of disability, excessive sick leave and stress, and to enhance the quality and quantity of retirement years.