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60th Maine State Police Training Troop
Week five began as a busy week for the 60th Recruit Training Troop. Our training is getting more intense and real. We began Monday with a class on communication. This is one of the most important skills of any law enforcement officer, especially a Trooper. Troopers are forced to communicate appropriately and effectively with suspects, witnesses, victims, media personnel and superiors. We learned that a lot of what we communicate does not come out of our mouth. Our appearance and demeanor speak much louder than our words. This has been ingrained in our minds by both our instructors and cadre staff.
The 60th Recruit Training Troop experienced the effects of Oleoresin Capsicum (OC), commonly referred to as pepper spray. OC is a derivative of peppers and chilies. This chemical compound causes pain and irritation of the eyes and skin. We learned that we are able to fight through the effects of irritant and still be capable of functioning.
This week the Troop got issued their patrol cruisers. This was a motivational day that raised spirits throughout the Troop. We will now spend time between now and when we graduate preparing our cruisers for duty. The cruiser of a State Trooper resembles a mobile office. The majority of their career is spent in the cruiser. The Troop looks forward to detailing and organizing their first cruiser.
We spent the majority of the week at the Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC). We practice our driving skills in high speed and precision drills and scenarios. This is an important skill to master. A large number of officers are killed or injured in automobile accidents annually. By practicing our emergency driving skills, we will help to ensure we will arrive quickly but safely to any call once we are on patrol.
We continued our advanced training with a variety of scenarios. This forced us to think quickly and address various threats. We are learning the effects of high stress environments on our body and through this, we are learning how to cope with it. This will allow us to operate efficiently and effectively under similar circumstances in the future.
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