Deputies take driver class

Specialized skills are improved

By Dan Pennington -

Bryan County Sheriff Deputies were given extra training Thursday to help in emergency situations.

A driver simulation trailer was brought to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office to give the staff the extra skills needed in rough situations.

Investigator John Haislip said, “Every deputy with the Bryan County Sheriff Department received this special training. Our officers spend a majority of their work time on the road, behind the wheel. It’s always important that we keep their driving skills sharp. This makes it safer for not only the deputy but for the public as well.”

The simulation trailer from Autry Technology Center houses a state-of-the-art driving simulator that replicates real situations a law enforcement officer might face while on duty.

This extra training was set up by Bryan County Commissioner Ron Boyer through his office for the deputies to further their skills. The deputies already have extensive training and are certified as part of their formal training in law enforcement.

This extra training saves lives and provides those extra skills needed when in pursuit of a suspect on the road.

The simulation program can show rainy conditions, and even snow or ice situations where the simulator actually responds as a real vehicle would respond.

Instructor Blaine Frye put each officer through the driving course and programmed the various situations the computer would put each driver through.

Accident avoidance training is where the officer can learn driving skills similar to learning better gun skills when they go to the shooting range. An officer will practice their shooting skills at the range. This gives the officer a chance to practice and further their driving skills.

Commissioner Boyer said, “This is like when they go to the gun range and they are taught to shoot better. These officers will be put in a car and the program can make the driver do anything it wants. They are able to simulate things that come up when least expected. This is great training where things might jump out in front of them when they are in pursuit. This is specific to law enforcement so this training is a valuable tool we are arming our deputies with.”

Training like this in a simulator, makes driving in these situations second nature. The officer has to make split-second decisions that affects everyone’s life in the path of the pursuit. The officer’s driving skills can be the difference between life and death, officials say.

Boyer said, “It’s got to be instinctive. If they think about it for a couple of seconds, that’s too long. They need to know these moves instinctively. I am happy we were able to provide this specialized training. This simulation will make all of them even better deputies.”

Haislip said, “Our deputies have been through many hours of law enforcement driver training and are already excellent drivers. They know the roads in the county, and they know their vehicle, but this training will give them the edge they need, when it matters most.”

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Specialized skills are improved

By Dan Pennington

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