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NCJ Number: 249790 Find in a Library
Title: New Emphasis on Driver Training Needed: A Call for Cultural Change
Journal: TECHBeat  Dated:February 2016  Pages:12-15
Author(s): Becky Lewis
Date Published: February 2016
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Issue Overview; Legislation/Policy Analysis; Technical Assistance
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article develops and draws implications from the argument that with almost half of law enforcement officers’ line-of-duty deaths coming in traffic accidents, there needs to be a cultural change throughout the country to make officer driving performance an ongoing, periodic testing requirement similar to that mandated for firearms skills.
Abstract: In responding to this argument, the Federal Law Enforcement Technology Center (FLETC) offers a number of driver training programs. Some are required training for just over 95 Federal agencies that compose its partners. Other driver training programs of the FLETC are designed to meet the individual needs of specific State, local, and tribal agencies. Its Driver Instructor Training Programs, both basic and advanced, consist of 9 ½ days. The goal of the driver instructor training program is to lower the number of officer-related vehicle crashes and incidents. FLETC has adopted the principles of the Below 100 Initiative, which includes principles that advocate wearing seatbelts, being aware of speed, and remembering that “complacency kills.” One of the FLETC labs focuses on the danger of distracted driving. Students, while using lights and sirens, many be asked to recite the alphabet backwards, talk about their favorite football teams, or some other subject that will distract them from driving. Courses are built on studies of line-of-duty deaths while driving, so as to design exercises around what is causing crashes. Training also addresses basics, such as vehicle dynamics and being aware of all four corners of the vehicle when backing up and parallel parking.
Main Term(s): Police safety
Index Term(s): Federal law enforcement training; Police driver training; Police performance evaluation; Police safety techniques; Police training programs; Technical assistance resources; Testing and measurement
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