Tuesday, June 5, 2018

June 05, 2018 -

Week 20

Class this week started with the Murph Challenge for Memorial Day. The workout consisted of a mile run, one-hundred pull-ups, two-hundred push-ups, and three-hundred air squats, followed by another mile, all completed while wearing a rifle vest. I know a lot of us were a little nervous going into the workout, but it was fun pushing through the pain and testing our limits.

Tuesday our class got split up into two groups, where half of us had a firearms refresher, and the other half had Vehicle CQB(Close-Quarters Battle). Both classes were about shooting around cover and taught us some more advanced techniques than what we had previously learned.

Wednesday we were back in the classroom to learn about the FTO(Field Training Officer) Program. We were told about what was expected of us and the deadlines we’re expected to make over the next five months of training on the streets.

For the rest of the week we were split up into two groups again. Half of us had a Defensive Tactics refresher where we got some more reps handcuffing and went through some scenarios. The other half had a class on traffic direction and then drove around the city to work on street orientation.

Monday, June 4, 2018

June 04, 2018 -

Week 17

Week 17 in the 2018 Spring Academy was designated to motor vehicle accidents!

 On Monday we were shown various power point presentations that will help guide us throughout the work week.  On Tuesday were were shown more power points to help educate us in making decisions while working accidents that will occur on the streets.  We also took a trip to The Bridge, where we learned how to use the datamaster and administer that process correctly.  On Wednesday we learned how to estimate minimum speed and how to use math equations to help us identify those speeds.  We also learned about different types of skid marks and how to measure those skids marks to help obtain a minimum speed. We took a trip out to the airport where an instructor was able to lay down different types of skids for us to measure.

On Thursday we did various accident practical scenarios in the air park area. We learned how to handle various types of accidents, whether its a single car accident or a multiple car accident involving a pedestrian.  The volunteers were very helpful and gave us valuable feedback on how to handle these potential calls for service.  We also met up with several K9 handlers Thursday night and they showed us what they do to train their dogs to help with every day calls.  They showed us some practical scenarios of the dogs looking for and finding the items they are trained to find.  The K9 handlers also showed us how the dogs can help us locate individuals that have ran from the police or are hiding in an area.  We finished the week strong by completing the motor vehicle accident test!  This test was lengthy and took most of us around 1.5 hours to complete!  Now we all went home and enjoyed our weekend!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

April 22, 2018 -

Week 16

The recruit class had an eventful week 16! We started out learning how to identify fake ID's, then moved on to learning about Narcotics investigations. Specifically, we learned about the different drugs and paraphernalia that are prevalent in Lincoln.
 On Wednesday, we learned about the Below 100 Initiative, which is a partnership between Law Enforcement agencies from across the country to promote officer safety and well-being, with the goal being to bring annual line of duty deaths under 100. At the end of the week, we learned some Ground and Knife Defense, and we were all exposed to OC. We were all sprayed in the eyes by our partners, and had to fight through the intense burning sensation to complete a series of obstacles. Being exposed to OC was a humbling experience for all of us, but was ultimately a positive experience in the sense that we proved to ourselves that we can fight through it's effects and get the job done. Hopefully next week will be a bit less painful!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April 18, 2018 -

Week 13

Week 13 of the Academy was exciting for the recruits because the training completed involved shooting and driving. Groups 1 and 2 were able to improve their driving skills by participating in EVOC the entire week. Groups 3 and 4 were introduced to their weapons and became qualified to carry and shoot their weapons.

Groups 1 and 2 started the week by driving police cruisers through different courses.  The recruits had to pass two specific courses throughout the week, the Grand Island Course and the LPD Road Course.  The courses required excellent driving skills, specifically when driving in reverse and when turning. By the end of the week, the recruits had greatly improved in their driving.

Groups 3 and 4 started the week by learning about the guns they would be using and how to keep the guns in working condition. All of the recruits passed the State of Nebraska Qualification Course their first time. Throughout the week the recruits trained with their weapons and shot thousands of rounds.  Each day the recruits shot different targets and greatly improved when shooting from a distance and shooting with precision.

Monday, April 16, 2018

April 16, 2018 -

Week 12

     Week 12 began with our 10th exam and everyone passed. We then had a full three days worth of Arrest, Search and Seizure. We learned about the laws, procedures and different situations we could encounter. We also performed practical exercises where we used the information learned in real-life scenarios. We all got very good feedback about the ways we approached different situations and this will help us in the future.

     We had many other classes this week to include Spanish, Robbery Investigations, Officer Involved Shooting and Mental Health. The Mental Health class was also very important because we will all have to work calls dealing with mental health. It is important for us to know how to deal with these situations and the various referrals we can give individuals to help them during these times in their lives.

     We ended the week with Stalking, Counterfeiting and Adult Abuse Investigations. We had a lot of classes this week and will have a lot to study for this weekend for our exam on Monday. We are all very excited though since next week half of the class will have Firearms and the other half will have EVOC. It will be nice to get out of the classroom and learn hands-on!

Monday, April 2, 2018

April 02, 2018 -

Week 10

This weeks focus was on Domestic Violence with classes over Burglary, Spanish, and Victim's Assistance. The first few days we went through our classroom learning, which gave us the facts and misconceptions of those involved in domestic violence incidents. During these days our instructors helped us understand the situation more so from the perception of the victim. The importance of the officer's actions will have on what are possibly the initial steps of a difficult road for those involved. After these days in the classroom we did our practicals for a day. During this day we paired up to do mock calls on possible domestic violence situations. The actors then briefed us on what we did well and what we could do differently. Overall the day was very beneficial and productive because domestic violence calls can be very dangerous for all involved and are a serious situation with long-term effects. For these reasons it is crucial for officer's to be trained on them. In the final day of the week we covered the programs in place that help the victim's of domestic violence. This class gave us the information we need as future officers to be able to put the victims in touch with the right program for their situation or to connect them to someone who can get them what they need. Altogether, week 10 was highly important because domestic violence can be so damaging to families and our youth.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

March 27, 2018 -

Week 9

Welcome to week number 9 of the 2018 Lincoln Police Academy! This week started on Monday, March 12 in the classroom learning about how LPD conducts traffic stops. We went over the ground work for risk traffic stops as well as high risk traffic stops, as no traffic stop is "routine"! The following two days on Tuesday and Wednesday, we got to get our hands dirty. On Tuesday, we each got to drive a cruiser with an instructor riding with us and we each made "traffic stops" on other recruits out in Air Park. This proved to be really fun! From where to position the cruiser to how to call out a traffic stop on the radio, there was a lot to learn and practice. We also went into the night so we could practice using our overhead lights and our spotlights on the vehicles that we were pulling over. On Thursday, we went through high risk traffic stop practicals. Each of us took turns being the one driving and giving commands to the occupants of the vehicle, and also being the support officers. This was really fun to do but also opened our eyes to all of the aspects we need to be aware of when making high risk traffic stops. During the second part of the day, we tested ourselves on traffic stops. The instructors that were helping us the previous day were now the ones driving civilian cars and it was our job to observe traffic violations, conduct a traffic stop, and run through the whole traffic stop from beginning to finish. The instructors would then critique us on how well we did and what we need to do in the future. This week was very hands on and was a blast! On to Defensive Tactics next week!