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POLICE and LAW ENFORCEMENT DRIVER TRAINING
ADVANCED DRIVERS OF AMERICA
The style of police driver training provided by ADA is the "System of Car Control," which has been continually developed by the UK traffic patrol police since 1935 and is widely acknowledged to be by far the most in-depth and most-proven driver safety training in the world.
"The System", as it is usually known, goes far beyond just vehicle dynamics and skid correction; it is a comprehensive methodology through which a large range of potential dangers may be anticipated and avoided in good time, before any of them becomes a real threat. On the website of Strathclyde Police (i.e. the Glasgow region of Scotland) is a page which discusses some of the basics of "The System" and you can read it here.
The purpose is to create maximum safety at all times on an officer's journey, irrespective of any high speeds that may be necessary. By doing this, "The System" not only protects the officers concerned but also protects innocent members of the public from the results of any error or excessive behavior by the officers in question.
ADA's law enforcement driver training in North America can be for any officers, in which cases the courses can be short duration to cover the basics, but it can also address "train the trainer" courses, the latter of which come in progressive two-week modules which may be spread out over a reasonable period.
The second two-week module will bring capable trainees closer to the police advanced driving level for themselves and also towards the point at which they can instruct at the "Standard" level.
The third session is currently not viable – as outlined above – as this is the one which does really require high speed driving and is designed to bring trainees up to the full advanced level.
It is important to remember, however, that the primary purpose of the "System of Car Control" is to maximize safety at all times, and ADA must therefore reserve the right to terminate or refuse further training for any officer who fails to meet the required standards. Also courses are planned on the requirement that at least two trainees will be in each car and ADA must reserve the right to cancel a course if we have insufficient applicants.
To view the total duration of the above courses in context, it is important to realize that a UK police drivers would undergo 7-10 weeks of training to attain the "Advanced" level, and around 16 weeks of training to reach the instructor level.
Please note that ADA runs variations of these courses for relevant military drivers.
Eddie Wren, the chief instructor at ADA, is a former UK traffic patrol officer with a distinguished traffic safety and driver training career. His detailed résumé is available here. He is also available as a speaker for conferences, seminars, workshops or senior officers' meetings on the subject of safe, law enforcement driving.
For further details about law enforcement and other EVOC safe driving courses or for a police-related speaker, please contact Mr. Wren at firstname.lastname@example.org
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