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Charleston Police train on Can-Am Spyders

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The Charleston Police Department is training officers from around West Virginia. They're using new, 3-wheeled vehicles called Can-Am Spyders.

The vehicles are fully equipped with police gear, including radar and mounted cameras.

The certification class lasts throughout the week, and officers will take their test on Friday, which includes seven different driving courses.

The Spyders have been purchased through the Governor's Highway Safety Program. "Anytime that an officer rides either a police motorcycle or either a police Spyder, it's so easy for the public to walk up to him on a personal, one-to-one basis because they are not in a car with the windows rolled up, so they are actually more personable to come to approach," said Sgt. John Garten, Professional Standards Division of the Charleston Police Department.

The department plans to use the Spyders primarily for traffic patrol, DUI checkpoints and parades.