Saturday, I attended a one day Community Police Academy Training Class and I am going to give you an overview of that class. It covered :
The Constitutional Laws that govern police actions and decision. That includes:
- Constitutional Rights
- Federal Laws
- State Constitution
- RCW (Regulatory Code of the State of Washington)
- Seattle Municipal Code
- Police Policy.
That is a whole lot to learn. And it is something that a cop has to keep in mind and review constantly.
PATROL OPERATION AND PROCEDURES
How the precincts are set up and dispatched. The equipment that a cop carries or packs. Typically, they wear 30 pounds or more including the Kevlar vests.
ARSON/BOMB SQUAD OPERATIONS
We were able to tour the van and take a close look at the suit they wear and the robots they use.
EXPLOSIVE DETECTION DOG AND K9 TRACKING DOG DEMONSTRATIONS
An overview of the training each dog and handler has to go thru plus the mandatory testing that is required before to dog and handler can be certified.
PRISM SIMULATOR (SHOOT/DON’T SHOOT)
This was, for me, a sobering experience. The simulator is interactive and employs Glocks that are modified to use laser lights and not bullets. During my sim, after attempted to get the subject to drop the knife, I had about a second to make the shoot/don’t shoot decision.
- New recruits go thru initial testing for 3 – 6 months
- Attend the Police Academy for 5 1/2 months
- Post duty 6 weeks
- Fields Training 3 1/2 months
- Probation for 1 year
The DOJ and SPD agreed to a list of ‘markers’ that SPD would have to meet and that will be done sometime this summer. At that point, the DOJ will begin a 2 year monitor of SPD and then the oversight will end.
The class was given at the Police shooting range in Tukwila. SPD did a very good job of putting that class together and I found it well worth my time. They also offer a more in depth Community training class that is an 11 week course, 4 hours a week in the evening. They have a spring course and a fall course for those that are interested. This class gave me a better understanding and a healthy respect for our police officers.