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Fairfax County police seek used-vehicle donations for training

A patrol unit practices the precision immobilization technique (PIT) at a practice facility (via Fairfax County Police Department)

The Fairfax County Police Department is asking for the public’s help as it continues to train officers for how to handle potentially dangerous situations on the road.

The county’s Emergency Vehicle Operations Center, located in Chantilly south of the Dulles airport, is looking for used-vehicle donations for training exercises and driving simulations on its 1.1-mile roadway.

The facility is where officers get required training to perform the precision immobilization technique (PIT), a controversial maneuver for stopping high-speed vehicles that Fairfax County police have been using since 1988.

The facility also provides other kinds of training to 23 departments across the region, according to the ​Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy.

Donors can get immediate tax relief based on their vehicle’s Kelley Blue Book value. The tax deadline is April 18 this year due to the Emancipation Day holiday in D.C. falling on a weekday.

Fairfax County supervisors have been considering possible relief for a vehicle tax in its upcoming budget. Public hearings will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) through Thursday (April 14).

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