An extreme driver's ed course is getting future police officers closer to joining the force. The Rochester Police Department took it's cadets to the "Key to Safe Teen Driving" program to learn safe driving skills needed by officers.
Whether responding to a scene or joining a car chase; police officers have to be confident behind the wheel.
"There's a lot of distractions out on the road when we're in our patrol cars," Officer Christine Wilson said.
That's why cadets like Shannon Sanfilippo and three other cadets are getting behind the wheel at the free extreme driver's ed class. It was at Monroe Community College this Monday and Tuesday.
The cadets spent three hours out of their day to attend the training. Some of the cars driven by the cadets were provided by the police department.
"I think when we do go to the police academy you have to learn how to drive through cones backward and all of that stuff," Sanfilippo said. "So I think it's going to help out a lot. 09:07:15
Local companies Dunn Tire and Key Bank helped bring the program to Rochester.
The cadets are practicing emergency passes breaking in water and took the skid car for a spin.
Officers say a similar driving course is offered to students at the police academy. So this course just puts cadets a step ahead of their would be classmates.
Great news for Sanfilippo because now she's skidding closer to dressing in blue.