The cadets of the Basic Police Officer Training program at Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools will have their experience enhanced after receiving three retired cruisers to add to its fleet of vehicles.
The cruisers, one sport utility vehicle and two sedans, were donated by Chief Deputy James Brown, Jr. and the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office in December.
“We are grateful for the donations from the Pickaway County Commissioners, the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Hafey, and Chief Brown,” said Eastland Police Academy Commander Tim Voris. “They see, firsthand, that the deputies they hire from our program are prepared and ready to protect and serve in their community.”
The donation of these vehicles by the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office will allow Eastland-Fairfield cadets to train with a variety of vehicles and will also help train students in the high school criminal justice programs at Eastland and Fairfield Career Centers.
“By acquiring these street-tested cruisers, all Eastland-Fairfield students can utilize them to train, perform stops and approaches, and conduct driving and speed measuring device classes,” said Voris.
The sport utility vehicle that is part of the donation adds a new flare to the BPOT fleet. It will allow cadets the opportunity to train in a style of vehicle that has become more popular in recent years, especially in rural areas.
“On behalf of our students and staff, we are all very grateful to the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office for their generosity and support of our cadets and students,” said Todd Hoffman, director of Eastland-Fairfield Adult Workforce Development. “Not only do these vehicles add to our program’s toolbox that helps train and prepare our future police officers but it also reaffirms Eastland-Fairfield’s strong partnerships with local and state law enforcement agencies for the betterment of our students and communities.”
The BPOT vehicle fleet has expanded following additional donations in recent years by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Baltimore Police Department, and Buckeye Honda.
“The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the future of law enforcement,” said Brown. “The law enforcement industry is very competitive. Regardless of where the Eastland-Fairfield cadets go and what community they serve, these additional tools ensure that they will have the best opportunities for training and be better prepared to serve our communities.”
The Basic Police Officer Training program is offered at Eastland Career Center to adults aged 21 or over. The program follows OPOTA standards with a curriculum set forth by OPOTC. For information about the BPOT program visit www.EastlandFairfield.com/bpot.