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Bladen County Sheriff’s deputies took part in the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Driving School on Saturday. The driving school was held at the Highway Patrol’s Academy in Raleigh.


According to Gary Turlington of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Jim McVicker replaced the majority of the Sherrif’s Office’s aged fleet of Ford Crown Victorias with the Dodge Charger.


Turlington said prior to issuance of these new cars, Sheriff McVicker mandated driver training for the effected uniformed members. It began at the Elizabethtown Airport in July this year and concludes this weekend in Raleigh.


According to Turlington, the topics covered included law and policies governing police vehicle operations, precision driving skills, precision backing skills, precision close quarters skills, off-road recovery, curve negotiation skills, and high speed operations.

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