Local officers get tactical police driving skills

Area officers from the Nolan County Sheriff’s Office, Sweetwater Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety were trained over the last two days in high performance tactical police driving maneuvers. Four specialized driving instructors and one intern came to Sweetwater to offer the instruction that covered two days. All of the instructors were Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, according to Sheriff David Warren.“I certainly want to express my appreciation to local DPS Sergeant Greg Arnwine and NCSO Chief Deputy David McDonald for orchestrating and organizing this very beneficial training. Our NCSO deputies truly gained a great deal of knowledge of what the limitations are on a variety of police vehicles. It was really nice to see the cooperation and joint effort with members of the Sweetwater Police Department, our NCSO Deputies and some local area Texas DPS Troopers all participating together,” said Warren.Sgt. Todd Jones with the Sweetwater Police Department received the “Top Driver” award for Tuesday’s session and a Stamford Police Department officer received the award at the conclusion of Monday’s session.Sheriff Warren stated, “The instructors for this were Texas DPS Troopers from Eastland, Graham, Plainview and Brownwood and they really put on a top notch school and challenged the participants. The City of Sweetwater and Avenger Field Airport were gracious to allow us to utilize a portion of the airport for this training. TSTC provided a classroom and the local TXDOT office provided the orange traffic cones, most of which survived the two day encounter.”“Unfortunately, many peace officers in Texas lose their lives every year in police vehicle related incidents. I felt it was vital to provide our personnel with this type of training to help better equip them for high performance police driving situations, so they will be safer when that type of driving is required of them,” said Sheriff Warren.