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Police cadets learn to drive in pursuits and emergencies

Tulsa Police Academy cadets are preparing to patrol the streets of Tulsa, with law enforcement driver training. (KTUL)

Tulsa Police Academy cadets are preparing to patrol the streets of Tulsa, with law enforcement driver training.

There are 23 cadets gearing up to hit the streets.

“Today is the emergency response, where rookies drive with lights and sirens at greater speeds so they can learn how to safely do this on the streets,” explained Captain Mack Fuller.

The rookies joined 13 instructors at Hallet Sports Racing in Jennings, for speed and technical training on the track.

“We like to think of this as a lifetime skill. They are going to use everyday. And in law enforcement they are going to be in their cars 8 to 10 hours a day,” explained Fuller.

“it’s quick reaction... um... little makes you a little nervous,” explained Cadet Josh Marquette, of the tight turns around cones and the fast breaks.

They are required to have 80 hours of law enforcement driver training. All of that is combined with months of overall training that started in January.

“I really wanted to give back... I’ve always kind of enjoyed cops and all the experiences I’ve had over the years were good, and I thought it was a good way to help out the community,” Marquette said.

This academy will graduate in August.

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