WDAY.com

WDAZ: Your Home Team

Published June 29, 2010, 08:22 PM

Police Academy Learns to Drive Like Police Officers

Driver's Ed looked like a breeze compared to what the students in Grand Forks Police Academy did today.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

Driver's Ed looked like a breeze compared to what the students in Grand Forks Police Academy did today. The Grand Forks Police and Sheriff's Departments gave students a lesson on how to drive as an officer.

Thus, Danielle Good Luck is not training for her driver's license. Instead she is carrying on a family tradition.

"My dad was chief of police and my mom is sargeant," said Good Luck.

She is seven weeks into an eleven week police academy program. Today's lesson is real life driving situations, making Good Luck one step closer to getting her badge.

Sgt. Jason Dvorak/GFPD: "They're taught everything from slow speed, high speed maneuvers, backing, breaking, turning into corners," said instructor and Grand Forks Police Sgt. Jason Dvorak.

"They're going to be driving on patrol. We want students to be comfortable."

Students in this class said they learn more from being out in the open than in a classroom.

"Doing it hands-on is the only way to get it done. It's a sad fact a lot of police officers die on the road in their vehicles. This is an essential part of our training," said Police Academy student, Tim Josephson.

The course uses parking cones to simulate real driving situations. Ranging from turning sharp corners, to throwing a cone in front of the to represent someone jumping into the street," Good Luck prefers this method of hands-on learning.

"It makes you think on your toes about what can actually happen."

Good Luck said what happened today beats just reading about it."

"It is better than a classroom!"

Tags: