Jones County deputies sped, skidded vehicles during driving course
Jones County training officer chasing deputy car during driving course.
JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -
The Jones County Sheriff's Department spent the day enhancing their defensive-driving tactics Wednesday during their law enforcement driving course.
“Once a month to month basis we're liable to have three pursuits this month and might have five next month,” said Major Jamie Tedford. “We're liable to go days and never get in a pursuit, but this just prepares that officer for it whenever it does arise.”
Once a year anyone and everyone who drives a Jones County sheriff's vehicle has to take the recertification class.
“You actually have to go through the whole course without hitting a cone, and it's timed as well,” said Major Tedford. “You have a certain allotted time to go through it, so it is a pass or fail.”
Major Tedford said the class enhances the deputies peripheral vision and also improves their driving skills.
“This reduces collisions; it reduces the chance of personal injury to the deputies and personal injuries to civilians that's out here driving so that's the importance of doing these courses like this.”