Citizens Police Academy Weeks 5 and 6

"German Shepherd Dogs portrait" by Flickr user jn2race - Flickr here. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:German_Shepherd_Dogs_portrait.jpg#/media/File:German_Shepherd_Dogs_portrait.jpg

“German Shepherd Dogs portrait” by Flickr user jn2race – Flickr here. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:German_Shepherd_Dogs_portrait.jpg#/media/File:German_Shepherd_Dogs_portrait.jpg

Last week, we learned about the K-9 dogs and SWAT. The dogs were beautiful. Our police department only uses German shepherds. Four are patrol dogs and two are bomb detection dogs only. The most interesting thing was that the dogs all come from Germany or Holland. The officer said that there are no breeding lines in the US that are suitable for work as police dogs.

The SWAT guys were very impressive. The most interesting thing was that their supplemental pay is $12.75 per week. Not much! They all do other things in the PD full time – some are on patrol, some are in the training division, etc. One person asked what they wear when they go on a call, and the guy said, “Whatever we’re wearing when we get the call.” He said he’s gone out in jeans, workout clothes, dressier pants – whatever. They are on call ALL the time. Any time they go anywhere, they have to take all their equipment with them (all of which they wear, and which weighs about 60 pounds).

This week was the communications center. In our county the communications center is new, enormous, and state of the art. One side is dedicated to public safety – hurricanes, plane crashes, toxic spills, etc. The other is 911, police/fire/ambulance dispatch, and non-emergency calls. It was fascinating.

Next week, the medical examiner!

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