Police sirens have been heard repeatedly in the area of the North Georgia Fairgrounds in the past two weeks, but not because of any crime wave. Dalton officers have been taking part in a driver training refresher course laid out on the Fairgrounds pavement, and hitting the siren is part of the course.
This is the second year that DPD training officer Brian Pack has led the EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operation Course) refresher for Dalton officers. He obtained an instructor certification for the course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, Georgia.
All law enforcement officers receive EVOC training as part of the police academy, but most don't get any refresher training after that. While the course being offered to Dalton officers does feature some driving with lights and sirens and instruction on how to operate a patrol car under emergency conditions, most of the training focuses on more everyday type situations such as backing up, parking, and parallel parking. After all, that's the type of driving that officers do for the vast majority of their work day.
Below: Images from the driver training course at the North Georgia Fairgrounds (for more pictures, click here to see a gallery on the DPD Facebook page) Click here to see video from last year's driver training.