New York City Police Department

Training Bureau | Police Academy

Driver Education and Training Unit

    The Driver Education and Training Unit promotes safe vehicle operation by all members of the service.  Our goal is to improve public and officer safety through the development of the skills necessary to operate all Department vehicles.  Twenty-seven (27) courses are offered covering eighteen (18) different vehicle types.  The following objectives are at the core of each vehicle qualification course:

• Accident prevention
• Preparing students for Vehicle Operation Course
• Enhancement of Defensive Driving
• Train, Test, and Qualify students at an Emergency Response Level
• Driving with Courtesy, Professionalism and Respect (CPR)
• Educate students on proper vehicle inspections and vehicle maintenance
• Displaying high regard for public safety and its impact on community relations

Some of the vehicle operation courses offered are as follows:

• Patrol car
• Tow truck
• Bus
• Two and Three Wheel Scooter
• Tractor Trailer
• Bicycle

The Driver Education and Training Unit provides training to both civilian and uniformed members of the Department.  Recruits attend Driver Training during their Police Academy instruction.  The Driver Education and Training Unit continues to support members of the Department throughout their career as other vehicle qualification and education may be requested or required.