Police Train with Mock Pursuits

PursuitWHITE CITY, Ore. — Grants Pass Police are testing their skills in a mock pursuit training this week at the Jackson County Sports Park.

The department is setting up several obstacles on the road. Officers will have to go around cones avoid certain barriers and work with spike strips. Police will also be tested on their communication skills.

Inside their car there’s a radio attached where they have to talk with a dispatcher during the pursuits. The department makes sure to review safety procedures before officers get into the car.

“So we test and make sure they are okay and then we throw them in the pursuit car and we also always have a safety officer so they can make sure they don’t get too goofy and go off course and something like that and run out into the sticks,” said Lt. Jim Hamilton.

Les Schwab donated several used tires to the department so officers can use them to run over spike strips.