Vehicle Inspectors Train at Duchy College
Vehicle Inspectors from the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary attended a tailor made training event at Duchy College, Rosewarne as part of a drive to update their familiarity with the rapidly advancing technical developments on modern agricultural vehicles and machinery.
The programme delivery made use of the extensive workshop facilities and experienced staff at Duchy College's site near Camborne. This included the use of a dynamometer to evaluate tractor performance, detailed instruction on the layout of a self-propelled forage harvester, and examination of numerous cut-away and static engineering resources used to highlight the technical principles involved in assessing equipment serviceability. The course included technical updates on agricultural machinery to reflect changes in modern equipment when carrying out roadside inspections, with the emphasis focused on steering systems, transmission layout, final drives and braking systems.
Duchy College's Head of Landbased Engineering, John Palmer said "the fast-paced content recognised the Inspector's trade qualifications and was tailored to meet their own requirements. The ultimate aim was to improve the Inspectors' ability to assess the factors which contribute to serious accidents and to aid all those involved in reducing them in the future."
Warm thanks are due to local farmer and contractor Mr Bowden for supporting Duchy College in loaning some specialist equipment and also to the Inspectors themselves for their enthusiasm and technical contribution.