Law enforcement trains in traffic crash investigation

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FORT MCCOY, Wis. (WXOW) — Cadets of the 64th recruitment class at the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy learned about traffic crash investigations on Friday.

The state troopers to-be are on week 20 of their 26-week-training-program. The drill involved a mock high-speed crash where cadets used their learned skills to practice measuring the skid marks to figure out the speed and distance the vehicle traveled. There are countless topics covered during training in the classroom and in the field–all developing well-rounded officers.

“I think it’s important because nowadays law enforcement is so scrutinized and it’s portrayed in a very negative light,” Wisconsin State Patrol 64th Recruitment Class Training Officer Arelly Morales said. “So if we train our officers to do everything in a professional manner and everything correctly, then the public will hopefully have a better view of us now because our goal is to keep our community safe.”

Cadets live in dorms on the Fort McCoy campus.

An associate degree is no longer necessary to apply for a spot on the patrol’s 65th recruit class. Applicants now have five years from his or her state patrol hire date to complete an associates degree or 60 college credits. Applications can be found on the state of Wisconsin’s website and they are due by March 31, 2019.

Marcus Aarsvold

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