ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County School System Police Department donated one of its surplus police cars to Albany Tech Tuesday, on the grounds beside the Charles B. Gillespie Center for Emergency Responders.
The car will now serve as a lab for ATC's Law Enforcement students. "This vehicle will benefit our students by allowing us to utilize practical exercises outside of the classroom," said Rashad Flournoy, Law Enforcement Technology program instructor for Albany Tech. "These skills would include vehicle pullovers and the basics of operating a police car."
The vehicle will also be used to promote the program, touting the areas of law enforcement ATC offers, at recruiting functions and in the public.
"It's going to mean a whole lot to the students. It's going to give them a first hand experience with actually what it's like to operate an emergency vehicle. It's a lot different from inside of the car. It's your office," said Sgt. Derra Salter with the Dougherty County School System.
"It's important that you not only read about how to make traffic stops and help pedestrians and help motorists. It's important that you have an opportunity to practice," said Albany Technical College President Dr. Anthony Parker.
Students can obtain a Law Enforcement Technology diploma or associate degree from Albany Technical College.
Without losing credits, students may also pursue a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice by transferring to Albany State, Valdosta State, or Mercer University.