IMPERIAL — Students in the Peace Officer Standards and Training program at Imperial Valley College can get behind the wheel of a real police cruiser thanks to a donation from the city of El Centro.
Mary Kay Borchard, POST coordinator at IVC, said the cruiser will be used to give students "hands-on" training on campus.
"In the past students have had to use their own cars or police cars borrowed from local agencies for training," said Borchard.
"This has been successful and we greatly appreciate the assistance from our local law enforcement. However, having a vehicle on site will strengthen the program and give the students a greater sense of accountability and responsibility," she said.
The car will be used for officer training and will be maintained by the IVC automotive program.
Laurie Franks, director of purchasing and warehouse for IVC, was given the task of finding a vehicle for the program.