Edmond Police Department cadets took classroom traffic training to a higher level, experiencing two scenarios.
Thursday morning, they were going through the paces at the Edmond Fire Department training site located east of the Interstate 35-Covell interchange and Station No. 5.
Police Sgt. Acey Hopper, himself a traffic veteran, said one of the scenarios was a simulated incident in which a motorist pulled out from a stop sign and intersecting traffic did not have one, resulting in a two-car crash. Hopper said realism was added in the form of skid marks and a third vehicle, an 18-wheeler, that interfered with vision on the approach.
Hopper said the scenario gives them an opportunity to work on investigation disciplines such as measuring skid marks and calculating speed. Hopper said each driver gives them a different story about what happened.
The second scenario involved a crash at a neighborhood access point, Hopper said.
“It’s as real-world as we can make it in a non-controllable situation,” he said.
Hopper said after collecting information at the scene, the cadets took it back to the classroom to work on the report end of the process.
A ceremony in February marked the beginning of the Edmond Police Department’s fourth in-house academy, a 20-week, 748-hour course. Annual starting pay for the cadets is $47,025. Topics already covered include weapons training.
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