The first two classes at the Citizens’ Police Academy were very interesting. We were given the history of the Police Department and the Sheriff’s office in one class and during the next class we learned about Criminal Investigation and Crime Scene Investigation. We were shown an actual crime that had taken place and what was done to investigate the matter. That was really a fascinating class.
The third class was great! We were given the opportunity to do P.I.T. (Prevention Intervention Technique) training. WOW! That’s like bumper cars in life-sized vehicles. It was totally awesome!
I was front seat passenger in the police vehicle. A policeman did the driving (we weren’t allowed to, darn it!). Two other gentlemen rode in the back seat. There was a “villain” vehicle with a policeman driving it as well. We were on a driving range so we didn’t have to worry about civilians getting in the way.
The villain vehicle sped away and we were in hot pursuit. Our vehicle would come up behind the villain, align the side of our front bumper with the back side of his and then tap him on the bumper and watch him spin out of control. It was awesome. Adrenaline was flowing!
Then we did it again, and again, and again. I wanted to ride in the villain car, too, but we weren’t allowed to do that. Too much danger of the car flipping over.
All the way home that evening, I was looking at the other cars on the road thinking “I could take you!”