By Bill Shields

AYER (CBS) – Officers from several local police departments got the chance on Thursday to practice some skills that many hope they never have to use.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports

On an old runway at Fort Devens, they’re navigating an obstacle course designed to make the officers think and react during a chase.

The goal of this training is learning to stop a high-speed chase before anyone gets hurt.

In just a few years, the agency has trained over 600 police officers. The program also saves towns money through a discount on their insurance.

Comments (2)
  1. Stop Cop Abusers says:

    The police officers still do not know how to perform proper restraints. Is a prone restraint against the law in Massachusetts for children and the disabled? Why do the police persist in using a prone restraint even though it is so dangerous?

  2. Cynic says:

    No amount of training can allow for the unpredictable innocent bystander.,
    High Speed chases are very exciting,and provide an adrenalin rush for the Police and the Media but in reality wouldn’t looking for a way to eliminate them be a better way to go?
    With the Electronics available today it would seem to me that a chip in the ignition system combined with a shut down system in the Cruiser would do the job.
    So what if it takes ten years for it to be in all vehicles….

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