Don Courtney, with the Texas Association of Counties is Video Master for Deputies Hazardous Driving Simulation Course.
The Learning Never Stops...
Deputies Train for Driving in Extreme Situations, LIVINGSTON, February 22, 2018 - "Aw man! I ran over that guy!"... Fortunately, it's just a simulation. Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff's Office were tasked with driving in extreme situations in order to continue to sharpen their skills on the road and behind the wheel as Polk County's roving law enforcement patrol officers. Don Courtney with the Texas Association of Counties sits behind a computer screen and controls what happens as a deputy sits in a car seat complete with gear shift, lights, sirens, and everything you would find in a real life patrol car. In front of the deputy is three massive screens. The deputy drives and answers radio transmissions while trying to pursue a suspect vehicle. Courtney has complete control of the suspect vehicle and the surroundings while the deputy drives. He can make other non involved cars suddenly pull in front of the pursuing deputy, or have the suspect fire shots. If that's not enough, the suspect can jump out of his vehicle with a gun and start shooting at you. It can be an intense experience (well, as intense as simulation can be). "Training is everything" Courtney said. "When real life situations go down, it's the training that makes deputies respond properly". "The whole idea is to make everything safer for everyone including the deputy". Of course, what can go wrong will go wrong at the worst possible moment. That's when the training hopefully pays off. All the deputies with the Sheriff's Office participated in the training.
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Deputy Kayla Hemperly does her best in a simulated extreme driving situation.
Deputy Ron Goertz takes the drive as Deputies Kayla Hemperly and Ronald Bogany watch from behind.
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