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Academy trains new class of officers

‘We’re definitely eager to get out there’

Lawrence Police Department recruits Samuel Hiatt, left, and Christopher Hatfield go through training exercises Monday at the former fire station at Stone Barn Terrace and Lawrence Avenue. The recruits — 12 men and one woman in all — are halfway through the academy. They’ll get their badges on April 10 and will spend 14 weeks in field training before taking to the streets alone.

Lawrence Police Department recruits Samuel Hiatt, left, and Christopher Hatfield go through training exercises Monday at the former fire station at Stone Barn Terrace and Lawrence Avenue. The recruits — 12 men and one woman in all — are halfway through the academy. They’ll get their badges on April 10 and will spend 14 weeks in field training before taking to the streets alone.

February 24, 2009

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Police recruits learn dangers of the job

A new crop of cops is preparing to hit the streets of Lawrence. Enlarge video




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• Applicants for the Lawrence Police Department’s next basic recruitment class must be American citizens and at least 21 years old. The department is seeking up to 10 candidates for that class. • The application deadline is March 13. • Recruits will be selected March 23 and will complete training Feb. 28, 2010. • New officers are paid $40,276 annually.

There’s a new crop of cops preparing to provide protection to the residents of Lawrence.

On Monday, the group of 13 police recruits experienced firsthand some of the risks associated with the job.

They posed as suspects, hunted along hallways and through rooms by their fellow trainees, who were armed with empty guns and flashlights.

“We’re always training for that worst thing that could happen, which makes us prepared for just about anything,” said Anthony Celeste, class president of the Lawrence Police Department’s 28th recruitment class.

This portion of the intense, 24-week law enforcement training was at the former fire station at Stone Barn Terrace and Lawrence Avenue.

“They’ve already dealt with a lot of different issues and we’ve already put them through a lot of stress, so they can deal with things a little bit better when they really get out there on the street,” said training Sgt. Kirk Fultz.

The recruits — 12 men and one woman — are halfway through the academy. Badges will be issued to the group on April 10, and they’ll spend 14 weeks in field training before taking to the streets alone.

Right now, the force is down 19 police officers, partly because of multiple retirements recently. Chief Ron Olin said other vacancies were created by officers who took positions with other law enforcement agencies.

“We’re always glad when we have a chance to have an academy class, and this academy’s going very well,” Olin said. “It is exciting for us.”

The department is also seeking candidates to be a part of a second recruitment class this year. Olin said it’s unusual to have two academies in the same year.

As for the current recruits, Celeste said they’re ready to protect and serve.

“We’re seeing ... some light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “We’re definitely eager to get out there ... and be out there on the streets.”

Comments

Budgets_Smudgets 5 years, 9 months ago

Does the city want to save money? Here is one idea.

Why does Lawrence maintain it own training academy at mostly its own expense, when it coud avoid these costs.

The state provides an alternative, KU's Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center near Hutchinson. At NO COST to the city, other than the costs of payroll of the trainees. (the expenses of the KU program, including housing and operations, are funded through state collections of docket fees)

If Lawrence would train its recruits using this school, which has high quality full-time trainers, it could save a significant portion of the labor overhead associated with training a new class. That could easily amount to a couple of positions fulltime, although I do not know.

If Lawrence has some particular items it wants taught differently, it could be minimized to a few days, instead of many weeks.

Some of the city commission candidates ought to dig out the numbers and pros and cons on this one, and put it on the lists.

Put it on the list Mr. New City Auditor.

Stoopitidy 5 years, 9 months ago

I am glad that I am not living in Lawrence right now. From the pictures I am worried that the guy on the left looks too angry, like he is ready to shoot someone. The guy on the right looks scared, like he is going to take off running first sign of trouble. "Seriously, just say it, Car Ramrod." "No Farva"

woodenfleaeater 5 years, 9 months ago

Watch out. Everyone knows rookies tend to be a bit jumpy and trigger happy, sometimes out of fear!!!!

cthulhu_4_president 5 years, 9 months ago

They need to work on their mustaches, only then will they be ready to "get out there"

justthefacts 5 years, 9 months ago

Just FYI - when new recruits hit the streets 99.9% of the time they are put on traffic duty for quite a long time. Anyone who has been regularly speeding, only slowing up at stop signs, etc., is well advised to stop doing those things, come May and for several months after (up to a year). Unless, of course, you like getting tickets. There will be 13 new eager beavers out there who will probably prove themselves (or think they are) by giving out extra tickets. Just be warned.

woodenfleaeater 5 years, 9 months ago

And from what I know, new, young officers are more inclined to let people, women in particular, get off by providing the officer with a "favor". Does anyone know if there is any truth to that?

Brent Fry 5 years, 9 months ago

Justthefacts - you are completely off base in your assessment and have absolutely ZERO clue what you are talking about. In fact, most of the new recruits are not put on traffic duty.

Woodenfleaeater - you've seen too many pornographic movies. There is zero truth to that. This is Lawrence, KS...not Hickville, MO

blahhhh 5 years, 9 months ago

More power to ya rookies. Glad my husband no longer works for the LPD. Just so ya know, there's a reason some of the officers left to work for other departments....you'll figure it out sooner or later.

woodenfleaeater 5 years, 9 months ago

I actually know two young ladies, 20 or so at the time, that were offered just what I asked if it really happened. So, I didn't know if it was common, sometimes happen, or if they where feeding me a line. And from what I was just told, they must have been feeding me a line.

woodenfleaeater 5 years, 9 months ago

And it WAS in Lawrence that this happened!!!!

Jim Phillips 5 years, 9 months ago

It's quite obvious that there are a lot of people who get all of their law enforcement education from watching movies. And it actually costs less to train the new guys here than to send theme to the State training center since all of the instructors here are in-house and there is no transportation cost to get them to Hutch and back every weekend for 12 or 14 weeks. Sign up for the Citizen's Academy and you might be surprised at what you could learn. Facts are much better than idle speculation.

blahhhh 5 years, 9 months ago

I believe woodenfleaeater. I know what kind of guys work for the police department here. I wouldn't put it past them.

Budgets_Smudgets 5 years, 9 months ago

Guardian: "And it actually costs less to train the new guys here than to send theme to the State training center since all of the instructors here are in-house and there is no transportation cost"


Hardly. You will have to show me the numbers to prove it. The direct personnel costs and indirect costs of instruction per week are one heck-of-a-lot higher than the price of a 'half-tank to a tank' of gas a week.

No need for an "Academy." You seem to be knowledgeable. Put up your numbers.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 9 months ago

welcome new officers. thanks for serving. some of us citizens do appreciate what you do. sure we know there'll be one or two officers with attitude problems or who like to abuse their authority. but we know most do not and really care about this community.

Budgets_Smudgets 5 years, 9 months ago

("in-house" instruction does cost. It is not free. Those people are on the payroll, and could be doing their real jobs. And they are not cheap. That is my point)

Chris Ogle 5 years, 9 months ago

Celeste said they’re ready to protect and serve.

That's it.... I am learning how to run again.

Alexander Neighbors 5 years, 9 months ago

I think the new hires are to replace the cops that got in trouble over the yellow house situation. ( which is still going on ) hopefully these new guys will not make the mistakes the old guys did.

bigbro 5 years, 9 months ago

that girl recruit can put me in cuffs any day

woodenfleaeater 5 years, 9 months ago

I got pulled over, but I didn't get arrested. Let's just say I provided the officer with a little "favor".

Jeremy 5 years, 9 months ago

Budgets - It must be a terrible burden knowing everything. But...

The cops are reimbursed and actually make money by holding their academy locally. It's like that in many states.

K.S.A. 74-5620 Chapter 74.--STATE BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND AUTHORITIES Article 56.--LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING CENTER; COMMISSION ON PEACE OFFICERS' STANDARDS AND TRAINING 74-5620. Local law enforcement training reimbursement fund; expenditures. (a) There is hereby created in the state treasury the local law enforcement training reimbursement fund. All expenditures from the local law enforcement training fund shall: (1) Be distributed to municipalities which participated in local law enforcement training programs, certified by the commission, which existed prior to January 1, 1992, in accordance with a distribution formula developed by the commission; (2) not exceed more than 100% of the actual training costs incurred by the municipality in participating in the local law enforcement training program; and (3) be distributed for basic law enforcement training and not be for any type of continuing law enforcement training education programs. No money shall be expended from this fund prior to January 1, 1993. Such distribution formula shall provide that distribution be based on the number of individuals trained and the cost per individual trained of each such municipality. Any such distributions shall be reviewed on a year-to-year basis and adjusted accordingly pursuant to the criteria specified in this section. The commission shall conduct a review of all local law enforcement training programs in which municipalities receiving expenditures pursuant to this act are participating and shall require that all such law enforcement training programs report their costs in a standardized format prescribed by the commission.

  (b)   This section shall be part of and supplemental to the Kansas law enforcement training act.

  History:   L. 1992, ch. 315, § 11; L. 2006, ch. 170, § 20; July 1.

balbers 5 years, 9 months ago

I think that anyone who has negatively commented on this article should consider the fact that these men and woman are here to protect us and...

(a) if you are mad about speeding tickets...DONT SPEED

(b) if you're worried about being caught for something...DONT DO STUPID THINGS.

Those of you who make jokes on these recruit officers' behalf should think about who you'll be calling when in danger.

Stop being rude.

balbers 5 years, 9 months ago

Oh, and woodenfleaeater, you have entirely too much time on your hands to sit be and so judgemental. Someday if you are in danger you will realize how naive you are. Get over yourself.

Jim Phillips 5 years, 9 months ago

Jeremy, Thanks for the response to Budgets question. And I'll also add that the in-house trainers are getting paid anyway whether they are teaching in the academy or not.

balbers, Unfortunately, you threw logic into the equation. That no longer works in our Utopian Society.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 9 months ago

(Alexander Neighbors) says…

I think the new hires are to replace the cops that got in trouble over the yellow house situation. ( which is still going on ) hopefully these new guys will not make the mistakes the old guys did.

= ZZZ

Janet Lowther 5 years, 9 months ago

Just what we need: more badge-wearing skinheaded terrorists.

Some of the older guys look like they they are OK, but they are probably the trainers. The young guys are another matter altogether. They look like they are in it for the exercise of authority, not the preservation of the peace.

Budgets_Smudgets 5 years, 9 months ago

Jeremy, I have no such burden, and yes, I am well aware of the statue you cited. When enacted, and for several years following, I am aware that local police departments with academies complained that the reimbursement did not come close to the '100%' cited in the statute which they wanted to recover. Don't believe me? Ask KLETC and those on the state Training Commission. So, those statements would suggest to me there are additional costs still not reimbursed.

Lets dig know numbers out and let Price Banks use his transparency.

Even after reimbursement, I contend there is potentially a substantial expense which can be avoided. Lets look at the numbers, and the assumptions on which they are made.

Budgets_Smudgets 5 years, 9 months ago

Guardian: "And I'll also add that the in-house trainers are getting paid anyway whether they are teaching in the academy or not."


Guardian obviously still does not understand my point. Which reinforces in my mind the need for some "transparent" examination of this issue from some from outside of the PD/LE community.

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