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International Police Mountain Bike Association course in Omaha

International Police Mountain Bike Association course in Omaha

Forget police cars. Some Omaha police officers are now brushing up on some other driving skills.

All this week officers from around the country are taking part in a bike riding training course in the metro. The class helps teach them the right way to get around.

Being a police officer means taking a lot of steps both literally and symbolically.

This is especially true for Omaha Police Officer Kara Platt.

"I've been a bike officer for 14 years…you're more I feel a target on a bike, but yet it's more advantageous in the long run."

It's a job she takes seriously, so seriously that she's going through a bicycle safety training course to become an instructor.

"We can take this knowledge back to our own departments, put together a week-long program and teach officers safety of biking on the streets."

But first she has to pass the International Police Mountain Bike Association instructor course. It's a five-day, 44-hour long session that's brought officers from all over the country to Omaha.

"The most difficult part isn't, in my opinion, the skills and going out and doing, it it's more the classroom teaching."

Officer Jason Tarkong said, "We have to learn how to setup the cone patterns and these are tight formations that we need to maneuver our bicycles within, not only perform it, but learn how to setup the cone system.”

They also need to be able to teach how to best approach a person who might be causing trouble.

Platt says it’s important to know how dismount "your bike prior to getting there, always keeping your eyes on the suspect."

These are skills that will not only keep officers safe, but people in the community as well.

Friday is the last day of the training. Platt says she's hopeful that she and everyone else will graduate.

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