Saturday, February 17, 2018

February 17, 2018 -

Week 5

     Week five was packed with an array of different classes, ranging from Flag Etiquette to Fingerprinting. We also learned about Fair and Impartial Policing, Gangs, People who Experience Disabilities, Criminal Elements, and Prevailing Mindsets. It was a week full of learning. Here are some of the highlights.

     We started off the week by learning about Fair and Impartial Policing. We learned that everyone has some sort of bias because we are fundamentally human beings who were all raised differently and believe in different things. As police officers, it is crucial for us to recognize the biases that we have, learn to overcome, and not let them hinder our jobs. In conclusion, we practiced by going through multiple scenarios, where it was up to us to handle the situations in a non-biased, professional manner.

     On Thursday, we learned about fingerprinting and how to properly dust for fingerprints. This was probably everybody's favorite day. Although most fingerprints are taken digitally now, we learned the "old school" way of taking someone's fingerprint using an ink pad and a card. Not only did we learn how to properly roll a fingerprint, we also practiced rolling palm prints, fingertips, and even the entire hand. Next, we learned how to lift a latent fingerprint from different objects such as a tile, a bottle of soda, and a light bulb. We used both regular and magnetic dust to find the fingerprint on the different objects. It was nerve-racking to try and lift the fingerprint without damaging the print itself. At the end, we were all given our own fingerprinting kits that we will use once we start patrolling.

     We finished the week by learning about Prevailing Mindsets. This entailed watching and listening to stories of officers who were shot, injured, or killed in the line of duty. It was not a pleasant topic to discuss, but it's important for all of us to be aware of the subject. We are all here because we want to make a difference in our community and protect those we serve, even if that means laying down our lives. However, not every day is going to be a great day. There will be days where we will be discouraged by all of the difficulties we experienced during our shift. It's important, on those days, to remember why we're all here and not be overcome by those bad experiences. It's tough hearing the stories of what officers have gone through, knowing that we will go through similar situations, but we were encouraged to see how they prevailed through those tough times and still wouldn't trade this job for anything.




Sunday, February 11, 2018

February 11, 2018 -

Week 4

          During week four, we learned about something we will use everyday after graduation… REPORT WRITING!! The class had some great instructors that really took the time to make sure we understood what we were doing. We learned how to write an array of reports that will be used to document almost everything we will encounter.
        We also learned to take supplemental reports. Supplemental reports are reports that are dictated on a voice recorder and then sent to Records for one of the hard workers there to type out what was said. It’s much like what you would see in detective movies where the detective is constantly talking to himself on the recorder.
        Our class got the privilege of seeing inside the Property department. It was interesting to look at all the different things that were tagged in there. We learned about how to decide if property should be released to the owner, destroyed, or kept until court is over or until the investigation is complete.
         On Friday, we had a few passionate officers speak to us about deescalation techniques, unbiased policing, and the functions of the Crime Prevention Unit. We really learned a lot from them. Our class also got the privilege of trying yoga at the Lotus House of Yoga where we found our zen. It relaxed us enough to be refreshed for another day of learning.

Friday, January 26, 2018

January 26, 2018 -

Week 2

Our second week started off with learning radio procedures.  We learned about the different channels and codes used by the Lincoln Police Department.  At the end of the class, we were given the opportunity to practice calling in several different traffic stops.  To end the day, we had our first physical assessment.  This created a baseline to help us track our physical improvement throughout the Academy.

As the week went on, we had many lessons about taking care of our bodies physically and mentally.  We learned how to manage stress on and off duty - our work can and will be extremely demanding, so we were taught how to prevent the stress of our job from following us home.  We were also given a nutrition class to would help us make better choices and improve our lifestyles.  Our ever-changing schedules can make it difficult to stick to typical "meal times", so we have to learn how to adjust our eating habits to this new lifestyle.  To end the day, we had our first physical training workout.  

The following days were packed with many lessons centered around the different cultures in Lincoln.  One of these classes was cultural awareness.  We visited the Asian Community Cultural Center, Good Neighbor Community Center, Center of People in Need, and Peoples City Mission.  We were shown how different cultures can affect how people may interact with the police and how we can make these people feel more comfortable.  We are now more aware of the different programs that are offered throughout Lincoln to help us better serve the community. 

In addition to these lessons, we also discussed Power DMS, Spanish, Police and the Deaf Community, Accreditation, Written Directives, Ethics, Winscribe and Digital Evidence, Photo Line-ups, and visited the Northeast and Center team stations.  This was our first full week of the Academy focused on learning about the community and how to better take care of ourselves and others.

Monday, January 22, 2018

January 22, 2018 -

Introduction

The Spring 2018 Lincoln Police Department Academy began Thursday, January 18th. Our first day consisted of going over what will be covered in the Academy as well as the structure of LPD. We also met with the EAP and IRO Committee to discuss benefits we have for our emotional, personal, and wellbeing assistance should we ever need it. Officer Genoways spoke with us about QSA’s where we call citizens contacted by our police department and ask if they were satisfied with our department and ways we can improve.

The second day of Academy we learned about our benefits once we are commissioned as well as spoke with Sgt. Junker and Kimberley Taylor-Riley about LPD being an equal employment opportunity workplace. This presentation discussed where to go if we witness or become the victim of sexual harassment or discrimination. The day concluded with receiving our radios that we could take home and start listening to since we will be covering radio procedure Monday morning!