CAMP RIPLEY -- Law enforcement throughout the region met at Camp Ripley's Emergency Vehicle Course, to get hands on experience in some newly designed pursuit vehicles.

Minnesota State Patrol Lieutenant Robert Zak, says knowing how to drive safe is an important part of the job.

"Officers, deputies, and troopers are driving everyday, it's the most common thing that they do," says Zak. "The more training and experience they get, the better off they will be."

The demonstration today (Thursday) was put on by Chrysler, who had a number of vehicles officers could test drive.

"They brought in the new Dodge Charger Pursuit, Ram Special Service and Dodge Durango Special Service vehicles," says Zak.

The test drive allows officers to operate real-life situations in a controlled environment.

"Anything you experience in the real world you can drive here on the track in a controlled environment, and we also have a skills course that helps with vehicle handling," says Zak.

This is the first demonstration of its kind, and officers wouldn't be surprised to see other car manufacturers (Dodge, Chevrolet and Ford) do something similar in the future.

 

Officers practice driving the new Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicle at Camp Ripley. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)

See WJON's Alex Svejkovsky's ride along the course!