Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S11-06-01
Peak Performance Driver Training Program
Issue Date:28 March 2016Effective Date:28 March 2016
Rescinds:26 September 1998 Version
Index Category:Training
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.revises the Peak Performance Driver Training Program conducted by the Peak Performance Driving Unit, Recruit Training Section, Education and Training Division.
  • B.details the three different types of training classes offered by the Peak Performance Driver Training Program, the criteria for participation in each class, and the procedures relating to attendance:
    • 1.Recruit Training
    • 2.One Day In-Service Driver Training
    • 3.Police All Purpose Vehicle (PAPV)-Introduction.
II.General Information
  • A.All programs will:
    • 1.be conducted by the Peak Performance Driving Unit at the training site designated by the unit.
    • 2.be scheduled from 0700-1530 hours under normal circumstances. Assigned members will report to the location designated by the Education and Training Division at 0700 hours for roll call and inspection. Members are to report in the uniform of the day and have their soft body armor, duty belt, holster, and prescribed firearm for all training sessions. Members should also be prepared for inclement weather. It will be the scheduled members' responsibility to report a pending inability to attend a training session to their unit of assignment, so that notification to the Peak Performance Office can be made and a substitute member assigned to the training session.
  • B.Unit / district commanders will designate members to attend the One Day In-Service Driver Training.
    NOTE:
    Unit / district commanders will ensure that members are not scheduled for training programs which conflict with a court appearance and/or jury duty requirements. In the event a member scheduled to attend a training session is unable to do so due to illness, subpoena, etc., the unit / district commander will attempt to schedule a substitute member.
III.Recruit Training
This training program will:
  • A.consist of a four-day training course which will combine classroom instruction with hands-on driver training. Sessions will be held from 0700-1530 hours each day.
  • B.introduce recruits to safe operating procedures while driving Department vehicles, review the dynamics of safe driving strategies, and develop driving skills and accident avoidance techniques.
IV.One Day In-Service Driver Training
This training program will:
  • A.be a one-day training program designed to reinforce the safe driving strategies, skills, and accident avoidance techniques originally demonstrated in the Recruit Training. Practical exercises will be designed to demonstrate driver and vehicle limitations. Additional emphasis will be placed on the mental aspect of driving, as well as the benefits and necessity of the occupant restraint systems.
  • B.emphasize the goal of reducing Department crashes and minimizing injuries to Department members.
  • C.require attendance by sworn members who have been in a preventable Department traffic crash and are identified by either their commanding officer or the Traffic Review Board as someone who would benefit from re-training (as outlined in the Department directive entitled "Traffic Crashes Involving Department Members").
V.PAPV-Introduction Training
This course introduces participants to the proper driving methods, maintenance, and limitations of the PAPV. Members must have the Department of Transportation (DOT) approved Chicago Police Department Super Seer helmet for training. Members can obtain the DOT approved helmet in exchange for a discontinued one at the Equipment and Supply Section during normal business hours.
VI.Scheduling
  • A.Recruit Training

    Recruit training will be scheduled according to the Education and Training Division.
  • B.One Day In-Service Driver Training
    • 1.Dates for the One Day In-Service Driver Training will be scheduled as directed by the Peak Performance Driving Unit.
    • 2.Unit Commanding Officers will designate members to attend the One Day In-Service Driver Training.
      NOTE:
      Department members, other than those assigned due to a preventable traffic crash, will only be assigned to attend the One Day In-Service Driver Training one time with-in a two year period.
    • 3.Designated members will:
      • a.request to register for the course in the CLEAR system under In-Service Training;
      • b.have the district station supervisor or watch operations lieutenant approve the request; and
      • c.obtain notification through the court notification system prior to attending the course.
    • 4.Unit commanders or the Traffic Review Board will inform the Peak Performance Driving Unit when they recommend a member to attend the One Day In-Service Driver Training due to a preventable traffic crash.
      NOTE:
      Unit commanding officers will ensure members recommended to attend the class are registered within 14 days of notice.
    • 5.Members recommended to attend the class due to a preventable traffic crash will take precedence for class attendance.
  • C.PAPV-Introduction Training

    Unit commanders will contact the Peak Performance Driving Unit's office on an as-needed basis in order to schedule an officer for training.
VII.Records
  • A.The Commanding Officer, Peak Performance Driving Unit, will:
    • 1.report absences from the scheduled units / districts daily to the members' unit commanding officers.
      NOTE:
      Unit commanding officers will initiate an investigation regarding the absence of the member from training and ensure the appropriate action is taken.
    • 2.be responsible for ensuring that member's training records in E-Learning reflect courses attended.
  • B.A designee of the Education and Training Division will ensure members' training records in Business Objects Crystal Reports reflect the classes attended.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline have been added or revised)
Authenticated by: KC
John J. Escalante
Interim Superintendent of Police
T15-131 CMF