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!

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!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

March 15, 2018 -

Week 8

Week eight of the Lincoln Police Department 2018 Spring academy started on Monday, March 5th 2018. We had a full day of Hazmat and Fire safety with Officer Grell, which included a field trip to the fire department. We were introduced to several firefighters and paramedics and were briefed on what they do and the different obstacles they face on a day to day basis. We were given a tour of their department and educated on the different equipment that they generally bring to every call. The class was also educated on what is expected of us, as Police Officers, while working on calls with LFR. Parking appeared to be a common issue in regards to responding to calls together.

Tuesday morning started with Hep B shots for the unlucky few who have not already received them followed by sex crimes with Sgt. Dilsaver. Sex crimes was a very important class as we will be working with victims of this crime regularly. Sgt. Dilsaver went above and beyond to prepare us for these calls and stressed importance of making sure the victim feels as comfortable as possible during our contacts.

Wednesday morning we were certified in CPR and the use of the AED with Officer Hellmuth. Officer Hellmuth was very knowledgeable and helpful during this class and was happy to answer any questions the class had. He made sure we were all completely comfortable for the time if or when we are this a situation. Investigator Fields was in following lunch to teach us about death investigations. This class was crucial in determining what Officers need to do when responding to these calls. What we need to look for, the importance of not destroying the scene and helping family members during this sensitive time.

Thursday was a very eventful day where we learned about excited delirium, computer crimes, arson, and significant exposure. All of the knowledge obtained during these classes will without a doubt be essential in the identification and process of working any of these calls.

Friday was the day I had been dreading for a month. Stadium stairs. Stadium stairs at Memorial Stadium equate to approximately 147 flights of stairs and there is no hiding that this is very difficult and the following days are increasingly painful. Especially day three when walking isn't really an option thus one must waddle. However, this time was easier than the last time so we are progressing. Additionally, events like this really give us the opportunity to come together as a team and encourage each other. We wrapped up the week with terrorism and checks and fraud. Again, all very useful important information. We learned what to look for, how to identify a threat, as well as what we need to do to ensure we keep our community safe.

Friday, March 2, 2018

March 02, 2018 -

Week 7

We have had quite the week! It was full of practical exercises to keep us busy and hands on with our training. Starting out the week for Monday and Tuesday we learned about Interview and Interrogation. In our scenarios we interviewed victims of various crimes. We used the techniques taught to us in class to obtain the most accurate and valuable information from these victims to be able to articulate how the crime took place from beginning to end. These were recorded to also show how valuable it is to record an interview for report accuracy and court testimony.

On Thursday we were able to test our skills in processing a crime scene. In our scenarios we recovered a stolen vehicle and had to process the car for any evidence that was left at the scene. We all had to put our photography, DNA swabbing, fingerprinting and report writing to the test. It really showed how something that looks so simple can be extremely complex and time consuming. To end the week we finished up with learning how to use the RADAR systems that we will be using on the streets and how to visually estimate the speed of a moving vehicle.

Over all it was a busy week for us and we are all ready to continue to be hands on with our training and learning more skills!

Monday, February 26, 2018

February 26, 2018 -

Week 6

During week six of the academy we accomplished a lot.  We first learned all about how to write tickets, and then had two days of learning the traffic laws of Lincoln and Nebraska so that we can effectively know when to write those tickets.  We also learned how the Lincoln Police Department utilizes crime analysis technology to better serve the city of Lincoln by knowing what has happened, and then forecasting what will happen in the future.

In the middle of the week we had family night.  This was a great way for our families to get some first-hand experience in the police station to get a taste of what we do every day.  They were able to hear from just about everyone in the Education and Personal team to get an idea of who we are currently working for.  It was also a great way for us as recruits to meet each other's families!

On Thursday we got to go on a 'field trip' to the jail to get a better understanding of what the book in process will look like when we start going to jail more frequently (hopefully for the right reasons!).  It was also fun seeing some of the recruits who have worked in corrections in the past see the jail through a new lens.  After our tour was done we even had enough time to go out to eat as whole class together, which was a lot of fun!

We ended the week with some exciting classes on missing persons, human trafficking, and high risk warrants.  This was a great way for people to start thinking about what specializations we may want to go into after getting out on the streets for a while.  All in all, week 6 was great.