Navigation in a new jurisdiction

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Navigation in a new jurisdiction

Postby GrizzBear » Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:10 am

Hi everyone,

Currently in the OPP process and have a question to Officers who were stationed to a detachment far from home. Just curious how you were able to navigate the unknown area at first? I can imagine that in emergency situations you would want to get to the place ASAP and you would not be able screw around with a GPS. Do you stay with your Coach Officer until you know your way around?

Thanks in advance, like I said just a question out of curiosity.

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Re: Navigation in a new jurisdiction

Postby A.T.R. » Thu Sep 17, 2015 11:18 am

Read a map of the area.
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Re: Navigation in a new jurisdiction

Postby devilwoman » Thu Sep 17, 2015 12:33 pm

I've worked in several different cities and I've always found that keeping a tried and true paper map is the best way to navigate. Too many people rely on GPS which does the thinking for you and doesn't allow you to learn your own way. Reading a map and figuring your way is the only way, IMHO, to learn your way around, because it makes you think and helps you remember.

Beyond that, GPS can fail.

Also, in your downtime, drive around, look for short cuts, allies to cut down, side streets that allow you to go around traffic snarled areas (IE rush hour), etc.
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Re: Navigation in a new jurisdiction

Postby BHop » Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:28 pm

devilwoman wrote:
Also, in your downtime, drive around, look for short cuts, allies to cut down, side streets that allow you to go around traffic snarled areas (IE rush hour), etc.

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Re: Navigation in a new jurisdiction

Postby recceguy » Thu Sep 17, 2015 4:41 pm

Driving around the same roads for 12 hours a day for 3 months with a coach should be more than ample time to learn your way around.
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Re: Navigation in a new jurisdiction

Postby goaliegibson » Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:10 pm

You're never going to be able to memorize every street. Learn the major intersections and learn which way these streets run first then build from there. When you have some downtime with your coach practice navigating your area. Beyond that just always know where you are. It'll save your ass when shit hits the fan.
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Re: Navigation in a new jurisdiction

Postby Toonces » Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:01 am

Know north, south, east and west inside and out.
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Re: Navigation in a new jurisdiction

Postby allbrancereal » Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:10 am

That's my struggle right now. Formed bad habits by relying on GPS too much. My advice is get to know the major roads and down pack your NESW.

Hopefully you'll have a really patient training officer who will let you make copious amounts of U turns.

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Re: Navigation in a new jurisdiction

Postby CharlieVictor » Sun Oct 04, 2015 9:56 pm

I don't always make U-Turns, but when I do, I make it look like I have somewhere important to go as opposed to missing my turn. :angel:
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