Driver Requirements For Drag Racing Police Officers Who
Participate In Challenge Races Coordinated by Beat the HEAT, Inc.
• The driver of the Drag Racing Police Car WILL be an active,
retired, reserve or volunteer Public Safety Officers (Peace Officer
or Fire Fighter) who holds a current License, Commission or Certification
from the State in which they work. (*For the purpose of this section
Public Safety Officer is defined as a Peace Office, Fire Fighter,
Deputy Sheriff, State trooper, Federal Agent (including Military
Police), Reserve or Auxiliary Police Officer or Volunteer Fire Fighter.
Paramedics who are employed by a Public Safety Agency may also meet
these requirements of membership.) Exceptions to the Certification
requirement will be Public Safety Retirees and other Civilians who
participate on a regular basis with Police Agencies. Any potential
new member will be required to meet with their State Chapter Director
or a member of the National Board of Directors and be recommended
for membership before receiving a Pre-Entry Packet for the world
finals. Only Members in Good Standing will be invited to participate
in the Beat The Heat World Finals.
• The driver must possess any NHRA license and safety equipment
that is required for use in the ET Handicap class that their race
car fits. These requirements will be those specified by the CURRENT
NHRA RULE BOOK.
• ALL DRIVERS PARTICIPATING IN THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM SHOULD
BE A MEMBER OF NHRA AND HAVE AN NHRA PERMANENT NUMBER AFFIXED TO
THEIR CAR according to specifications in the CURRENT NHRA RULE BOOK.
This may be a licensed number (SST/SG/SC etc.) or an ET Brackets
number. There are many benefits to a membership in NHRA that are
advantageous for the purposes of these programs. Having an NHRA
Permanent Number helps to avoid confusion during a racing event.
• All Drivers and Crew Members will consider participation
in these events as an on duty assignment and conduct themselves
accordingly. A Basic rule to follow is "Do not do anything
you would not do in front of your Chief of Police while on duty
and in uniform EXCEPT drag race." Members are obligated to
see that their crew members honor these rules.
• THE USE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE BY ANYONE CONNECTED TO THE
DRAG RACING POLICE CARS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. That WILL cause a great
deal of negative publicity for the Program, its sponsors and the
Police Agency represented by the car. Rest assured, you WILL be
reported back to your Agency by the fans. Make sure that report
is a positive one. Our conduct in the face of the public is absolutely
critical to the success of all our programs. It will take very little
negative publicity for NHRA and your Agency to drop any identification
with your program. You will be expected to act like the hero the
kids think you should be. BE the kind of person that YOU think a
Police Officer should be. Remember, knowing when to say "WHEN"
is not good enough. When you are driving, "WHEN" is NEVER.
That's what the people expect. Give it to them and we will all be
successful in this endeavor. Fail and you flunk us all.
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