A driving course set up with orange cones at Joint-Base Elmendorf Richardson (JBER) Thursday, gave Anchorage Police officers in training a chance to practice the tactical driving maneuvers they’ve been learning all week, as part of an Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC).

The 40-hour course is meant to train recruits how to drive fast, as safely as possible.

Recruits, paired with instructors riding on the passenger side of a patrol car, practiced chasing an “eluding suspect,” another patrol car driven by an instructor. The eight-minute exercise includes a two-minute instruction phase at the end when instructors can critique and advise recruits.

The Academy of 19 graduates on November 30 -- when they’ll bring APD’s total number of officers to 406.

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