A police car enters the Canadian Valley Tech program

A former Jones Police Department cruiser has become a unique opportunity for Canadian Valley Technology Center students and instructors.

A 2013 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor 3.5 liter V6 EcoBoost sedan fell off a trailer and into a store recently inside one of the Canadian Valley Technology Centre’s newest programs.

Canadian Valley Tech instructor Alicia Wright works as a reserve police officer at Jones. She knew the city planned to surplus its aging cruisers and helped acquire it for the school for less than $2,000.

The car becomes a training tool for students in the new emergency services program. Although focused on criminal justice, the program also immerses students in emergency medical response and fire safety. Graduates will be equipped to become dispatchers, correctional officers and security guards. The program also provides a foundation for continuing education for those who want to become law enforcement officers, emergency first responders, and firefighters.

Wright said the training scenarios will include arrest procedures, use of radio, use of light, siren and PA system, traffic stops, accident investigation of vehicles, searches and traffic codes.

Wright said she is considering other on-campus programs to spruce up the car. Service Careers students have already committed to detailing the interior. Auto Collision has a wash bay. Automotive Service Technology students can help with any mechanical problem. And graphic design students could help with vehicle wrap graphics.

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