Driving Force
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Driving Force
Published: February 19, 2024

Police records released after the repeal of 50-a in New York helped journalists probe cop car crashes.

Kalib Manning, who is going through the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy in Elmira, checks the side mirrors as he weaves in and out of the cones in reverse while Officer Bryant Tranchant grades his driving skills. Manning willl be joining Tompkins County Sheriff's Department when he graduates the academy.
Driving Force
Published: February 19, 2024

Our reporting team found a troubling series of hundreds of police crashes in NY. Here’s how we investigated the problem.

Victims of police vehicle crashes rarely see the officers face substantial discipline for the incidents, and they fare poorly in court. While these residents deal with years-long, permanent physical or mental damage related to crashes, the officers involved are often put right back on the road with little to no penalty or reprimand.
Driving Force
Published: February 13, 2024

Syracuse police officers crashed their vehicles hundreds of times between 2013 and 2022, with some wrecks leaving civilians with lasting injuries.

A cadet in the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy accelerates through this portion of the skills course at the National Soaring Museum in Elmira.
Driving Force
Published: February 13, 2024

training to curb vehicle crashes?
Emergency driving training makes up just 3% of an officer’s training time in NY, raising questions about whether that’s enough to curb crashes.