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NIC Police Academy students learn police car skills

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Academy students are learning how to properly handle police cars. Academy students are learning how to properly handle police cars.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Unlike the lawlessness of high speed pursuits seen in the movies, NIC Police Academy students learned real car chases are all about precision.

"You don't realize when you go through driver's ed how much more driving skill is needed to drive a law enforcement vehicle," says Lieutenant Stu Miller with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office.

For four days, academy students have been attending a class on emergency vehicle use. They're taught how to properly operate a police car whether that be during routine patrol or in the middle of a high-speed chase.

"We're running through a basic road course where they have to focus on breaking and steering and cornering and eye placement," says Miller.

Students like Michael Martinez say while the course is difficult, they wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

"All the stuff I'm learning here, I wouldn't give up," says Martinez.

Martinez is just a few weeks from graduating the academy. After that, he joins the rest of his family members who have donned a badge at one point in their lives.

"My grandfather was in the Sheriff's Department," says Miller. "My father was a police officer, my uncle, lots of family."

Learning how to properly respond to a pursuit is one of the only obstacles left before he can also call himself a member of law enforcement.

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