Crash course: 9OYS goes behind the wheel in PCSD deputy driver training
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Imagine being told to throw out all basic driving skills and here's the kicker -- it will make for a safer driver. Essentially, that is the idea behind "Advanced Officer Driver Training."
The Pima County Sheriff's Department holds their driver training once every three years. Typically, new recruits spend one week on the course covering evasive driving techniques, accident avoidance, pursuit driving and backing.
As invited reporters, Nine On your Side got a couple hours, in what can be described as, a literal crash course.
"Driving is one of those things that we do everyday and sometimes don't pay enough attention to it and because our deputies drive to priority calls at high rates of speeds, with lights and sirens on, we have to make sure they're equipped to do it safely," PCSD Traffic Supervisor Sgt. Jeffrey Copfer told 9OYS during the morning training.
"We teach them [to] shuffle steering and actually we slow down their hands and feet and there by, you become much more efficient during the driving task," Copfer continued.
Instructors say the training re-tools deputies, using the most efficient driving techniques for high-stress scenarios.