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Training course keeps FSO deputies driving sharp

The EVOC course is conducted every two years

FRESNO COUNTY, California - Law enforcement is always prepared for a criminal to try and escape their grasp. Every two years, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office holds a training course to keep their deputies' driving skills top notch.

Sometimes, people will resort to anything to get away -- in a car it typically means accelerating to triple digit speeds and hitting sharp turns.

To make sure sheriff's deputies in Fresno County can keep up, the FSO trains them in an Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC). The course helps them get acclimated to the sheriff's office vehicles.

"They get practice out here so that it's second nature when they are out int he field and using it," said deputy sheriff Jason Vinogradoff. He helps organize and train deputies in the course.

On Wednesday, Fresno Police had a chase of their own. A motorcyclist was going truple digit speeds on the highway, even rode through Fresno State's campus in the middle of the day.

Kayle Delgado, a Fresno State student, said her friend almost got hit that day.

"When I realized he was going 40 miles-per-hour, that was kind of like a signal that something wasn't right," she said.

Part of the training is for deputies to get used to weighing risk versus reward -- assessing their own safety and the people around them.

"There are so many things that you have to take in consideration," Vinogradoff said. "You're paying attention to the car, where it's going. You're having to talk on the radio, give out descriptions, locations of where they're going and where you want people to set up."

There was also a course for slow speeds. In that one, they were driving 15-to-20 miles-per-hour. There also was a course teaching deputies first aid.


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