Learning county roads / geography ?
To all the FTOs / Training Officers / Deputies,
I have a question for you guys, do you have any suggestions on games, learning aids, and anything else, to learn the roads and geopraphy of a large county? I have been looking at maps and driving the roads some on my off time. It is just a fair sized county, over 800 square miles with a lot of rural gravel roads, a fair amount of them unmarked. While I have a GPS, I am not allowed to use it while on FTEP, I am just allowed to use a map, which works, but is a little slow. So just looking to see if you guys know of anything besides what I am doing that had worked well in the paste for other people.
The reason I am asking is I just switched from a small city PD to working for the county, and the main thing I need to work on is learning all the roads and geography.
Learning County Roads / Geography ?
I have a couple of thoughts. Like another poster suggested, I took a section of map, cut it to clipboard size, laminated it, and it was on my clipboard when I needed it. The other thing that helped me a lot is finding out what the system is for you area. For example, some places run an alphabet system. Some have a mile of "A: streets, a mile of "B'" streets, etc. Others have a certain theme to certain areas. Maybe it is streets with tree names, Oak Street, Birch Street, Walnut street, etc. Find out how it is laid out and that will help you out. Our County road numbers are even if they are an east-west road and odd for north-south roads, the numbering starts at County Road 2 on the north end and gets higher as you go south. There will be exceptions, but knowing the system will help.