In order to maintain and continue the highest standards of law enforcement, the West Chester Police Department has initiated a comprehensive Emergency Vehicle Operator's Course (EVOC). This course provides advanced training in all aspects of emergency and high performance driving, as well as police pursuit tactics.
According to Cpl. Chris Daly, the course is multi-faceted, teaching officers the skills associated with low speed precision driving, high speed evasive and crash avoidance maneuvers, as well as advanced tactics in pursuits and pursuit termination. Officers are trained to properly conduct "felony stops", which are considered tactical methods for removing high risk felons from vehicles. Officers are also training on the deployment of "stop sticks", a device used to puncture the tires of a fleeing vehicle in order to bring the pursuit to a safe conclusion.
The overall goal of this program is to increase the safety of the general public and our police officers, while also reducing the liability of West Chester Borough as a result of police related vehicle crashes.
(Photo Credit to Cpl. Pam Baumann)
Sergeant James Morehead Graduates From FBI Academy.
PRESS RELEASE April 3, 2014
Subject: Sgt. James Morehead Location: West Chester Police Department Contact: Scott L. Bohn, Chief of Police
The West Chester Police Department is pleased to announce that Sergeant James L. Morehead, a 25 year veteran of the West Chester Police Department, graduated from the FBI National Academy on March 28th, 2014.
Sergeant Morehead was One of Two Hundred Twenty-one law enforcement officers to graduate from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. The 256th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 47 states. Included in the class were members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 23 international countries, five military organizations, and two federal civilian organizations.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.
FBI Director James Comey was the principal speaker at the ceremony. Training for the program was provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise. Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the accreditation by the university of the many courses offered.