Hanford Patrol's Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) Training Officers are certified by the National Training Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia, and/or the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. Because of their experience and subject matter expertise, they provide EVOC training to local, state, and federal (including military) personnel.
The EVOC was developed to train law enforcement officers, emergency rseponders, and other security and safety groups, driving techniques necessary to safely complete their missions. The 1.3-mile asphalt course includes a quarter-mile straightaway, nine curves of varying radii and elevation changes, an intersection, and a wet skid pan area. An adjacent 400 x 400-foot square asphalt Skills Pad provides an area for backing, autocross, and SkidCar training.
Driven at low speeds, but simulating high speed vehicle behaviors under all road conditions, the SkidCar safely and quickly teaches skid control and recovery. This training is particularly valuable for less experienced drivers who frequently overreact to a skid and lose control. Specially equipped Pursuit Immobilization Training (PIT) vehicles are also available to train personnel tasked with pursuing and stopping fleeing automobiles.
Safety is an integral part of EVOC design and training. Critical speeds have been calculated and engineered safety features have been incorporated into each curve. The course is equipped with required signage, and all drivers must wear helmets.