Indian River State College’s (IRSC) Treasure Coast Public Safety Training program has purchased three new patrol vehicles
FORT PIERCE — Indian River State College’s (IRSC) Treasure Coast Public Safety Training program has purchased three new patrol vehicles, made possible by federal grants distributed by the Florida Department of Education.
The new vehicles include two 2021 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor utility vehicles and one 2021 Dodge Charger sedan. All three vehicles are outfitted with law enforcement packages, which include lights, sirens, and public address (PA) systems. To complete the 848-hour Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program, students are required to have 48 hours of training in Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations Training in properly outfitted vehicles.
There are now 13 vehicles in the Criminal Justice Institute fleet to support training. “Students in IRSC’s law enforcement and fire academies train on real-world scenarios,” said IRSC Dean of Public Service Education, Raimundo Socorro. “This funding allows students seeking careers in law enforcement authentic experiences training in vehicles they will encounter in the field.” In addition to the purchase of vehicles, grant funds were used to purchase equipment for the Fire Science Academy.
“High-quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs are particularly important to the College, as greater industry alignment helps to ensure students successfully transition into employment,” said IRSC Business Division Dean Prashanth Pilly, who serves as the College’s lead administrator for the Perkins grants. “Grant funds are used to support CTE enrollment, foster program development, and provide up-to-date industry-relevant equipment for programs that are sustainable in the local economy.”