Fast Cop Inc.
Saving lives one class at a time

 
 

 


Educational Program

News Release



The Need

People die every day. In most situations, the sad reality is that there is nothing we can do about it. Fortunately, this is not always the case. The number of people that make poor, uninformed decisions behind the wheel is staggering. Whether it is driving under the influence, street racing, excessive speed, or simply not wearing their seat belts, drivers make poor, uneducated decisions every day. These decisions affect their lives and the lives of others, most often in ways that are detrimental to our society as a whole.

It is because of these dangerous decisions and the severity of their consequences that Fast Cop has made their classroom lecture program the focus of the operation since its inception. Few people see the horrific results of unsafe driving as often and as vividly as law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel. Exposure to these injuries, arrests, and deaths has provided the volunteer members of Fast Cop with the experience, knowledge, and desire to impart a measure of driving safety instruction on youth drivers at the outset of their decision making potential.

The law enforcement and medical officers of Fast Cop, volunteering their time and expertise to young drivers at the apex of their driving decisions, are a vehicle for the education that is vitally important to the future of our roads and our youth. Fast Cop's classroom program effectively addresses a social need that demands attention.

 

Goals and Activities

The ultimate goal of Fast Cop is simply to save lives. By creating awareness in drivers and emphasizing the life changing decisions that they make every time they step behind the wheel, we hope to affect behavioral change that, through time and practice, will become second nature positive driving habits.

We will meet our goals by attending high school classes around the state of Minnesota, focusing on, but not limiting ourselves to, driver education courses. At these courses, we are able to touch on many aspects of unsafe driving. Through the use of multi-media, relaying intense first hand experience, and an open question and answer format, we provide an informative, powerful presentation to young drivers with the intention of educating, and training them in safe driving awareness. Goals are to be attained through educational programs, and police/civilian interactions stressing seat belt usage, aggressive driving self-control, and sober vehicle operation. We encourage open communication between citizens and the law enforcement community in a non-threatening environment using motor-sports as a vehicle for that dialog.


Community Benefit

Our intended impact on the community is two-fold. First, by introducing our educational program to the students, we will be able to inform them of the dangers inherent in unsafe driving. With this knowledge, we hope to influence positive driving behaviors and attitudes. These behaviors and attitudes will translate into fewer traffic accidents resulting in injury or death.

Second, by initiating an open line of communication between law enforcement officers and young drivers in a non-confrontational atmosphere, we hope to bridge the gap that has been built between the citizens and law enforcement. In this way, the youth can get informative advice and answers in a comfortable atmosphere. We bring the program to them, showing through this effort that we care and so should they.

We intend to impact the safety of our roads and streets. We intend to save young lives by giving them the knowledge they need to make safe, responsible decisions when behind the wheel. And we intend to bridge the gap between law enforcement and teenagers, allowing for a clear channel of communication and idea exchange.



Success Criteria

We measure our success by action and feedback. The more people that we are able to reach with our message, the greater the likelihood of affecting change in attitude and driving behavior. The feedback that we receive through our verbal interaction with the students and teachers, as well as our impact questionnaires, given to our classes and their instructors, guides us in our program outline and delivery. We take the feedback that we receive extremely seriously, as it is our main source of success analysis as well as our main insight into necessary change.

Feedback comes to Fast Cop through many channels, all of which are filtered through Fast Cop president Larry R. White, who introduces the ideas to the board of directors. It is through this discourse that changes and improvements are made to the classroom program and the Fast Cop program as a whole.

With these results, we will grow and expand the Fast Cop program. This growth will allow us to reach a larger segment of the community. The more lives that we can touch, the more lives we can impact in a way that is positive for the individual and our society in its entirety.