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EVOC training is first step for newest HPD members

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Five members of the Hudson Police Department participated in training exercises Monday under the direction of certified Emergency Vehicle Operation and Control instructor Bob Larson, a Hudson patrol officer.

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The participants included three community service officers/paramedics recently hired. For the trio, Tiffany Cline, Brandon Lyksett and Bobby Moody, the driving course is just the beginning of their training. Other participants were part-time officers Aaron Wolfram and Josh Olson.

During the PowerPoint presentation, the students were reminded of the consequences of what can happen when responding to a call.

"When the adrenaline kicks in, you can make mistakes quickly," said Lt. Paul Larson, who is also a certified EVOC instructor.

After the classroom session, the students had a chance to drive both a regular squad car and the Explorer, which the community service officers will be using. Officer Larson and Lt. Larson using a radio to put the students through an assortment of driving exercises, including forward and reverse serpentine courses through cones, backing straight through cones, parking, and evasive lane changes to the left and right at different speeds. EVOC training is state-mandated and required annually.

The three CSO-medics are part of a new program at the Hudson Police Department that is being supervised by Sgt. Glen Hartman.

The officers will be used to augment police officers' duties by assisting in paper service, municipal court, public safety education, animal complaints and compliance issues. Since they are all paramedics, they will also be able to assist St. Croix EMS.

"The scope of their duties will be very narrow and they will be unarmed," said Hartman. "They will be able to issue citations for parking and ordinance violations."

Each of the three community service officers enters the program from different backgrounds.

Bobby Moody, who is from River Falls, has been with St. Croix EMS for three years. He graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College in 2006 as a paramedic and served six years as a reserve police officer on the River Falls Police Department.

"I finally got to put them together with this opportunity," said Moody.

Brandon Lyksett has been an EMT since 1999, graduating from paramedic school in 2002. He works full time at a poison control center in St. Paul.

Tiffany Cline graduated from Inver Hills Community College as a paramedic.

"The program is all new and I look forward to being a part of it as it is developed," said Cline.

"The beauty of the program is that we have three new people that will make this area of the police department grow and change," said Hartman.

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