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Jobs & Training - 58th Maine State Police Training Troop
This week the 58th RTT concentrated on Crash Investigation and Motor Vehicle Law, as well as more defensive tactics training. The beginning of week 6 was spent in class learning about how investigation of a motor vehicle crash can teach us about who was at fault, what the contributing factors were, what speeds were attained, and many other clues used to reconstruct the crash. These skills will assist us in prosecution cases involving OUI crashes and other criminal cases, as well identifying high-crash areas within the state. We then were able to take a trip to a local junkyard where we viewed some vehicles that had been involved in recent crashes. We learned how to determine where occupants were seated, whether seatbelts were used, and what kind of movement the vehicle took during the crash. During the course our instructors were dispatched to an actual fatal vehicle crash to reconstruct, and we were able to go with them and participate in an actual reconstruction.
The 58th worked hard on PT and DT this week, as we completed another tough workout at the pool and track at a local college. We have all improved our physical fitness level dramatically since the first week, class averages follow:
Initial PFT Jan 28, 2008:
46.2 one minute situps
11:26 1.5 mile run
Mid Term PFT Feb 29, 2008:
50 one minute situps
10:31 1.5 mile run
During defensive tactics training this week, we learned how to use leg restraints and spit hoods on non-compliant subjects. We finished up DT with a course on Oleoresin Capsicum, or OC Pepper Spray. Each Recruit was sprayed and felt the effects of the spray.
The last part of the week was spent learning about motor vehicle law as it pertains to Maine statutes. We learned how to navigate our texts to find violations, and other rules as they pertain to motor vehicle enforcement. The 58th was able to ride alongside a State Trooper and detect motor vehicle violations in the Augusta area, write citations, conduct searches, and conduct a safety check roadblock. Recruits detected an OUI and confiscated numerous amounts of controlled substance and scheduled drugs during the course of the evening. With three weeks left, the 58th is pushing hard to get through the last third of our training. "We are what we repeatedly do; Excellence, then, is not an act but habit."
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