Salute the Badge: Caddo deputies undergo driver training


It’s like driver’s ed for deputies.

The three-day driving program is part of the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol school.

“We teach them how to push these cars to the ultimate limit. Of course, they understand they can’t drive like that on the roadway,” said Sergeant Matt Cowden, Patrol School Instructor. “So this teaches them what they can do, performance behind the wheel, and also let’s them know what the vehicle is capable of.”

The training is intense.

“Multitasking is vital. You’re listening to your radio, looking at your computer for updates, paying attention to the road,” said Deputy David Esquivel, Patrol School Participant. “It’s extremely stressful. Practice makes perfect.”

The deputies must pass the track exercises and written tests.

“I think I did pretty good. The car stayed on all four tires,” laughed Esquivel.

Currently, 12 deputies are enrolled. Sgt. Cowden says they only accept the most elite and then take their skills to the next level.

“These guys get a lot of training under their belt you know before they go to the road to keep you and myself safe,” said Cowden.

The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office says this training is so important because safety of the public is the number one concern of their deputies.

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