Grand Prairie Police Recruits Test Driving Skills

12 recruits learn to drive in emergency situations

By Christine Lee
|  Friday, Oct 12, 2012  |  Updated 10:52 PM CDT
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Police-in-training spent a week learning how to drive in potential emergency situations.

Christine Lee, NBC 5 Grand Prairie Reporter

Police-in-training spent a week learning how to drive in potential emergency situations.

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Grand Prairie's police academy recruits are getting ready to hit the streets.

The dozen police officers-in-training are testing their driving skills when responding to potential emergencies.

For an entire week, they have been putting their classroom lessons to the road test.

"They actually get to put forth what we're teaching them, and they can physically see themselves improve, so it builds their confidence," Officer Clayton Salas said.

One of the main purposes of the training exercise is to make sure that the recruits don't become one of the more than 3,000 accidents that have occurred in the city so far this year.

The training helps them be "better prepared in terms of knowing what the vehicle is capable of and knowing your limits" in an emergency situation, said Brandon Azuelo, a recruit from Tucson, Ariz.

The training exercise is part of a 29-week course held by the Grand Prairie Police Academy.

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