Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hands and knees...

Hands and knees...that is where I spent a HUGE portion of Saturday at school. We were learning about evidence. So to help us learn about evidence, we searched for evidence. We went outside and lined up in one long line. We then got down on our hands and knees, shoulder to shoulder with the person next to us, and crawled across several fields several times. We were looking for any type of evidence. The first time I didn't find much. The second time I found a post-it note with numbers on it. Then I found a key chain with a key. When we found something we would stand up right next to it, put our hat over it to "preserve" it, and then wait while the line went on without us. Our instructor had planted evidence for our searches, including $10 in change and several other things. It was also interesting to see what we found that had nothing to do with class...like my post-it, a ribbon, feathers, foot prints etc.

After our first searches we went back inside for some more book work. The worst part?!? We were SOAKING WET!! From our knees to our ankles we were wet from crawling on the grass. After some more book work we went back outside to a field. We then stood shoulder to shoulder again and walked through weeds up to our chests looking for a "package". Our instructor gave us the following scenario:

"You are dispatched to this field on a suspicious incident. A neighbor called 911 saying she saw a female walk into the field with a package and then a few minutes later walk back out without the package. The female then got into a vehicle and drove off."

Do we have a crime? What kind of search are we going to do in this humungous field? Should we search? What kind of resources do we need? We had to think about all of these things.

We decided to do a strip search (not as bad as it sounds) where we all walk in a line to cover area. We were going to go out to a tree and re-group. As we were walking through mud and dirt and weeds we found our "package". We found a baby doll wrapped up in a blanket. We then met as a group with our instructor and answered the questions I listed above...now we had a crime, we needed medical etc.

It was really an interesting and fun class. I came out wet and muddy and dusty with my shoes un-shined, but it was good and I really appreciated the things that I learned!! And it turned out to be quite a fun day in class. I always love hands on! :)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Disclaimer

***The last 2 posts I copied off my personal blog to jump start my police academy stories. Sorry to those of you who read both blogs.

Some excitement!

Today was such an exciting day at school! I have loved all of school, but the first part of this block has been full of laws and codes. It's been very interesting and I've loved it, but it was alot of book work. We are finally done with the laws though...at least the book learning of laws. And we've had some good classes since then.

We had a communications class which is basically talking on a radio. I thought it was funny because my whole class loved it and was fascinated, but it's what I do every day at work. We also have done leadership classes which were good and full of awesome information. Last week we did conflict resolution...learning to talk to people and "talk people down" from excited or angry situations. We even "conducted" our first fake traffic stop on our instructor and had to go through the whole thing...asking for drivers license and registration, dealing with his attitude etc. That was an awesome class and I did amazingly well. I even impressed some of the guys in class. They thought I was so good but really I spend all day at work communicating and so it comes kind of naturally to me.

And today we did evidence collection and crime scene preservation. We seriously had so much fun. Not only was the instructor way cool, but he was a good teacher and easy to listen to. We dusted and lifted fingerprints, looked for hairs and fibers, made impressions of shoe prints with clay and learned how to glue fingerprints. It was alot of information, but so much fun. The fiber optic laser we used to look for hair and fibers costs $75,000 and is seriously one of the coolest things I've seen. I never thought I'd be that into crime scene or evidence, but after class today I have a new appreciation for it and a new appreciation for those who gather/preserve it.

Still going strong!

Academy is going great! I have loved everything about it. I was thinking tonight that there really hasn't been any night where I've come home and thought "that was a waste of time" or "that was so stupid"! I've taken several classes in college and I can guarantee that I've come home many times saying just those things. I just LOVE class. I am so excited that I decided to finally do Police Academy and I am loving every second of it. Even the running, which I'm still kind of struggling with, is worth it. I have amazing people in my class. I have already made new friends who I am sure I will be friends with forever (or at least for a very long time). I have learned new things about Law Enforcement, about people and most importantly about myself. Life is good and I am SO VERY HAPPY with my career/education choice!

Neglected

I know this blog has been neglected. I've been so busy with Police Academy 6 days a week and work in between that I haven't been too focused on blogging. I apologize though. I started this blog to share some of what I do with all of you, and still have the desire to do that. I've debated about whether or not to include my academy stories in this blog. Even though they aren't exactly work related, they are Law Enforcement related. So even though I've gone back and forth, I think I am going to include academy stories. At least it will give me something to post while I'm not working full time!

Sad, sad situation

This is a sad situation that happened in Orem. I have to say I'm amazed at the men and women in Law Enforcement (officers, victim advocates, firefighters, paramedics, dispatchers etc) who respond to these types of calls and deal with them. My dad responded on a similar call with the ambulance once and I saw how it affected him. These are tough calls for everyone!

My thoughts and prayers are with the family as well as they deal with their grief. What a tragic accident. Please let us all use this as a reminder to ALWAYS watch for children and be safe when we're behind the wheel.

Funny Joke

A policeman and fireman both go into the bathroom. After using the urinal the fireman goes to the sink and washes his hands while the policeman finishes and leaves the bathroom. The fireman is disgusted and approaches the policeman. In a disgusted voice the fireman says "In the fire academy they taught us to wash our hands after using the restroom." The policeman calmly looks up at the fireman and says "In the police academy they taught us not to pee on our hands!"