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Danny Sharp, Jr. drives a patrol in a simulated pursuit course during the Sheriff’s Department Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy.

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The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is currently hosting a class of recruits who are looking to become police officers. The public recently got an up-close look at the driving and shooting portion of the class.

While half the recruits took to the road in a series of driving scenarios, the other half went to the shooting range where they got practice shooting an AR-15 on March 21.

One of the recruits was Danny Sharp Jr., son of Oro Valley Police Chief Danny Sharp. The younger Sharp is looking to become a police officer for The Pima County Sheriff’s Department with the completion of the academy.

On March 21, Sharp Jr. took to the roads to participate in a scenario of high-speed chases, what an officer should do when drivers run stoplights, and simulations of high-risk traffic stops that require the use of a weapon to contain the suspects inside a vehicle.

On the shooting range, recruits shot at simulations of armed suspects at variable distances all the way from 100 yards away, to a point-blank scenario.

The Pima County Sheriff’s police academy consists of a 20-week basic law enforcement academy, including four weeks of advanced training and 12 weeks in field training.

Officers primarily have an 18-month probation period that begins at the start of the academy.

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Danny Sharp, Jr. drives a patrol in a simulated pursuit course during the Sheriff’s Department Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy.

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