Three Hillsboro Police Department officers – Steve Browder, Fred Hampton and Chuck Milligan – completed advanced emergency vehicle operations training recently at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Law enforcement officers from around the state were able to put their skills to the test at Mid-Ohio’s 2.4-mile, 15-turn road race course.
Using law enforcement casino training funds, Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Emergency Vehicle Operations instructors, along with veteran race car drivers, designed the training to heighten the skill level of officers around the state to operate a patrol vehicle in the most efficient and safest manner possible. The six-hour training incorporated both classroom instruction and practical exercises.
“The leading cause of on-duty deaths of law enforcement officers nationally is automobile related traffic crashes,” said John Born, director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Driving skills are perishable. This advanced training provides officers from across Ohio the opportunity to improve their skills.”