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Drivers ed for Jasper County sheriff's deputies

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Local law enforcement officers get extra training for their job behind the wheel.  It's basically a ramped up drivers ed for deputies and officers.

Once a month training is offered by the Jasper County Sheriff's Office and any area officer can take part.

In the sheriff's office it's mandatory training once a year that gets the department an insurance discount of $14,000.

The trainer provides tips to officers making their way through a maze of cones, that forces the driver to make tight turns and back up with precision.

Instructors say 90% of officer accidents happen when in reverse.  In the training the officers learn a different method of steering called "the shuffle steer".

All are lessons they get first in a classroom including details of their cars braking systems and stability systems so they don't lose control.

Officials say it's important for all to practice before a real pursuit happens.

"There's stress not only on the job but in personal lives, emotions get involved, some officers handle adrenaline different than others," says Lt. Dean Davis of the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.  "It's best to teach the officers how to address those issues when they experience them."

Officers learn controlled braking and evasive maneuvers, but it's not only important in high speed chases.  Instructors say officers spend a lot of time in their vehicles on the road and often simply have to avoid drivers who pull in front of them.

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