Patrol car donated to C4 criminal justice

Criminal justice students at the Columbus Area Career Connection soon will get hands-on training using a donated Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department patrol car.

The donation of the 2010 Crown Victoria patrol car to C4, which provides career and technical education, will help about 200 students in the program from Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson and Decatur counties learn how to perform traffic stops correctly, said Gene Hack, C4 director.

Students also will be able to learn how to use most of the equipment found inside the vehicle and how to safely park a car along a highway, Hack said.

The car will not be taken out on the road for training purposes.

The donation, which was accepted Monday evening by the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. school board, will be presented to C4 at 1:30 p.m. today at Columbus East High School.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or