LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Lynchburg Police have issued a statement regarding two crashes, one last Thursday and one this past Saturday, that involved city police vehicles.
Carrie Dungan, the community relations coordinator with the Lynchburg Police Department, says that officers with the department receive multiple days of practical and classroom instruction involving defensive driving training under emergency conditions.
Dungan’s full statement can be found below.
“LPD Officers drive thousands of miles annually under very challenging conditions while having to monitor information on incoming calls for service and remaining observant of the environment around them, including public safety and potential violations of the law. In both recent accidents, officers were responding to an officer needs help call, one in which officers were struggling to take someone into custody and another where a suspect was fleeing from an officer.
Our policy is that all on-duty accidents will be thoroughly investigated to determine what took place. For both accidents, we are currently in the process of conducting a comprehensive investigation to determine what led to the accidents, as well as determining the cost of damage to all involved vehicles.
All city vehicles are self-insured, which means that all costs to repair and replace them must come from the city’s budget. We have a limited patrol fleet and will adjust resources and vehicle assignments to ensure we have proper coverage to respond to emergency calls for service. Damage to businesses, including Mama Crockett’s, is handled through the city’s Risk Management Office.
All officers receive multiple days of both practical and classroom defensive driving training under emergency conditions while in the Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy. We cannot discuss specific officers and discipline, as those are personnel matters, however, if we determine additional driving training is warranted, it will be provided.”