In my previous post, I said I would do some research as to the amount of training spent on pursuits in comparison to firearms. I found what I expected.
Osceola County Sheriff's Department vehicle training is summarized as follows:
New hires receive 1 hour classroom training on policy, operations, and pursuits.
Each year consists of 8 hours of mostly hands on vehicle operation training.
Every two years, officers go through a 10 hour scenario based pursuit management training program.
As for firearm training: The department is "mandated by FDLE to state qualify 1 time a year." This includes bi-monthly training as well as "advanced handgun, shotgun and patrol rifle classes two times a year."
According to my source at the department, statistics show that in 25 years of service an officer will fire their weapon ONCE. Yet, 80% of that 25 year career is spent behind the wheel of a car... Not with a gun. Officers face the greatest harm behind the steering wheel, a fact that has been lost.