Extreme Kellie: Sheriff
We started with basic figure eights, changing lanes, backing and parking maneuvers. I basically had to learn how to handle a Crown Victoria at super high speeds!
I had a blast, though I don't think I did that well. I knocked over about a dozen cones, which they say represent REAL people and REAL accidents. Great. What's worse... I had a cameraman with me, so everything was caught on tape!!!
I learned it takes a lot of coordination, reflexes, and just the ability to handle a car. I'm hoping I can use what I learned on the driving track in real life (and I made them promise me not to give me a ticket when I try this stuff at home!!!)
My final test was the pit maneuver. You may have watched a high speed chase on TV before. The deputies will come up on the suspect and bump the back corner of the car, then spin them out. I got in on the third try! It was a rush!
That's photographer Devin Eskew, catcing all the action. Watch our full story Wednesday night at 7pm on The Deuce. You'll laugh at my driving skills... I promise!
They spend more than half their time behind the wheel to keep us safe. Our local law enforcement is constanstly on the road patrolling, and when they're fighting crime, driving turns into multi-tasking. So, the recruits spend about 50 hours on the road training for the real thing.
In real situations, they'll have to not only drive, but look at computer, figure out where they're going, talk on the radio... then inevitably, someone's going to call them on their cell phone! It takes a certain kind of person to be able to do all that. In fact, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Academy starts out with a thousand recruits, and then 23 funnel down... from those, two or three don't make it through the program. It's extremely difficult and dangerous!
They invited me to come out and try it for myself for "Extreme Kellie". I actually got to get behind the wheel and go through the basic maneuvers on the mile and a quarter training course up above Golden.