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Im a dispatcher of 9 years.  Prior to this, I joined out Citizens Police Academy for my city to better familiarize myself with my agency prior to working here.  I've stayed active in the Alumni Association during my employment with the city and currently serve as the President of the Alumni Association.  Of those agencies that have CPA's, what "special" do you teach to your classes?  I heard several years ago in a conference I went to that an agency would "investigate" a case during the 12 week course, touching on each step of the process from the time the call came into the communication center, to when the suspect is brought to justice. 


If anyone knows what agency "performs" such a dramatic show for their new classes, please let me know.  My Lieutenant and I are always looking for better ways of keeping our students informed and intrigued with our work.  The more they enjoy, the more they will be apt to continue in the Alumni Association and support our officers later on. 


Thanks!!!


Karen

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ShockUSMC87 says ...



I would think that would present a liability.


Typically when an investigation is going on, the material in the case is senstive to sworn personnel only.


I would be concerned that the wrong person would be in the course and either run their mouth about the case, therefore causing a leak in the investigation and hindering it or even directly telling the person being investigated.


Even if its small, were not in the buiness of losing out on investigation for ridcolous reasons regardless of small or minor the charge.


I know my agency would never do that.


Just my 2 cents worth.



I fully agree with you ShockUSMC87. I know my small department would never allow that to happen.


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Rated +1 | Posted about 4 years ago

 

 I think the "investigation" was a mock investigation, just to show how the process works. 

Crystal_ball_1__max50

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Of course this is a mock investigation, hence the "investigate" and "performs".  I dont think any agency would risk allowing a true case to be viewed by an academy.  This is similar to a "murder mystery dinner theater".  But lasts over a course of 12 weeks.  It allows the class to see their case "mature" thru the process.  I just wish I knew what agency it was that told me about it so many years ago.


Thanks for your responses though!!!  Be safe and keep in touch!!!

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Years ago, I attended a CPA offered by the Frederick County Maryland Sheriff's Office.  I believed the whole course lasted around 12 weeks (but I could be wrong) below is the curriculum for the course:


Citizen Police Academy Information


Press Release 03/15/04
 
The Frederick County Sheriff's Office Citizen Police Academy is an informative and instructional program that provides an opportunity for citizens to get a behind the scenes look at the various responsibilities and daily challenges facing Frederick County deputies.  Participants will engage in numerous hands on mock experiences such as crime scene and evidence collection, firearms and defensive tactics.
 
Basically, once a week we attended a class, usually at the Fire Academy where we did investigate a "mock crime scene", met one week with Sheriffs Office and State Police and their drug, bomb, and tracking K-9, and the last week we went to the range to get in some "target" practice.  Never were current cases discussed at any of these sessions.
 
When the Sheriffs Office started their Community Assistance Patrol, I was the only female in the first class, there we were exposed to current cases, arrests, etc. We did however, sign a confidentiality agreement (what happens in the county, stays at the SO). We were held to the same standards as the deputies.
 
I would think that using the 12 weeks, as a training session on "how to investigate a crime" would be boring for a citizen with no LE experience. I have done that but as part of my college courses in CJ.
 
In order to keep a citizen interested, each week needs to be a different aspect of LE, just as my SO curriculum states, as I said we went to the range, did a mock CSI, attended a drug class and controlled burn, defensive tactics. Even though I didn't do any of the training I did get a well-rounded course of how the SO operates.  I don't know if I would use a ride-a-long to cover a class, I've been on several and sometimes they can become quite hairy.
 
Hope my insight helped.
 

 


 


 


 


codethreeplease says ...



Im a dispatcher of 9 years.  Prior to this, I joined out Citizens Police Academy for my city to better familiarize myself with my agency prior to working here.  I've stayed active in the Alumni Association during my employment with the city and currently serve as the President of the Alumni Association.  Of those agencies that have CPA's, what "special" do you teach to your classes?  I heard several years ago in a conference I went to that an agency would "investigate" a case during the 12 week course, touching on each step of the process from the time the call came into the communication center, to when the suspect is brought to justice. 


If anyone knows what agency "performs" such a dramatic show for their new classes, please let me know.  My Lieutenant and I are always looking for better ways of keeping our students informed and intrigued with our work.  The more they enjoy, the more they will be apt to continue in the Alumni Association and support our officers later on. 


Thanks!!!


Karen



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I'm guessing it's something like the Explorer Program for Grown ups. Where they take a Mock Investigation or a case from many years ago that has been disposed and go over the facts, and how everything was handled. Kinda like a Whodunit. Like a Long Drawn out game of Clue.

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Hello all,  as an Alumni, We perform all knids of mock crime scenes, The Homicide Detectives sit up scenes using us (the alumni) as victims and Suspects in the cases, the mocks are all based on actual cases that are closed.


The detectives video the crime scene prior to the class coming in to view.


The new Citizens academy comes in and they work the case, gather evidence, take notes, then the Detecive will ask the class what they think happened. After all is said, with generally three scenes, We will all gather back n the class room and the detective will explain the case, and show the video of what really happened.


It is great fun. Any information disclosed in these classes is from closed cases, any new open cases if talked about at all,  No more information is given than the media has already put out there.


Good Times, I would challenge all Citizens that can pass a background to join Citizens Academy.


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Angel Miller


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I was part of the very first ever LAPD CPA after I had already completed my full basic Police Academy as a Pre-Service Cadet.  I decided it would be worth my while to volunteer until the doors to a department opened up.   While we did not actually work a mock crime scene, we did however review a case that had been dispo'ed several years earlier, reviewing crime scene photographs and other details related to the case.  I had to be quiet because it turned out that I had some knowledge of the same case having reviewed the same case while in the Police Academy.  A very active case would be out of the question as it would cause a huge problem in prosecution and conviction.  During the training, we had classes and demonstrations from SWAT, Vice, Narcotics, CRASH (gang suppression), Arson/Bomb Squad, K-9, the airship and horse mounted unit.


Upon graduation our volunteers were given some very hands on opportunities and those that could participate were given assignments within the Harbor Division where the CPA had been developed.  Some of the alumni from the first class developed a "Pawn Shop" detail that resulted in clearing a ton of back-logged burglary and theft reports and recovering a bunch of stolen property from those cases.  Some were given assignments in the Division Detective Beauro to assist the detectives as needed and making follow-up telephone calls.  I was assigned to work the front counter and take desk and telephone reports, submit them to the W/C for review and detectives for follow-up and the eventual arrest(s).  After a couple of classes graduated, some of the volunteers were trained in surveillance and we were able to work a under cover graffiti sting operation catching taggers in the area.  We captured the crime on video from a covert location, documented the locations and all suspect information on the radio and the uniformed officers and detectives swooped in and made the arrests.