Archive for Friday, August 13, 2010

Police recruits refine their searches

Training helps in building trust among partners, confidence in technique

Recruits with the Lawrence Police Department work on building search scenarios Thursday at the Knights of Columbus building at 2206 E. 23rd St. Recruits Ken Rodgers, left, and Matt Hogan slowly approach doorways inside the building in a mock burglary alarm training.

Recruits with the Lawrence Police Department work on building search scenarios Thursday at the Knights of Columbus building at 2206 E. 23rd St. Recruits Ken Rodgers, left, and Matt Hogan slowly approach doorways inside the building in a mock burglary alarm training.

August 13, 2010

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Recruits were working on building search scenarios Thursday at the Knights of Columbus building at 2206 E. 23rd St. A sign outside the building indicated a training session was in progress.

Recruits were working on building search scenarios Thursday at the Knights of Columbus building at 2206 E. 23rd St. A sign outside the building indicated a training session was in progress.

Police recruits completing training

Nine recruits for the Lawrence Police Department are working to complete their training programs. Graduation is scheduled for September. Enlarge video

The Lawrence police recruits were entering the unknown — and had to be cautious.

Someone had possibly broken into a local bar in the middle of the night.

“Our objective was to clear a burglary alarm and ensure that there wasn’t anyone inside,” said Brian Riley, the recruit class president. “We were just using a two-man team to work our way through the building safely and secure the building.”

Riley and recruit Frank McClelland on Thursday afternoon searched through a room that included a bar and pool table at the Knights of Columbus hall, 2206 E. 23rd St.

After identifying themselves as police officers, the two checked inside closets, behind the bar and inside adjacent rooms.

While one recruit searched, the other looked out for danger with his blue training pistol pointed out toward the rest of the room.

The nine recruits are getting trained on how to handle various police scenarios before they graduate in September.

“The biggest thing that goes through your mind is safety,” said recruit Steven Lehwald. “The safety of you, safety of your partner and just to make sure you’re checking everything out.”

They started practicing building searches Wednesday. Officers say the searches can be a tense situation.

“You never know what you will find in a building. Someone could be running out the back door,” said Sgt. Matt Sarna, a police spokesman.

The recruits say the exercises are helping prepare them to work as officers in Lawrence.

“It’s just a building process,” said Riley, who served in the Army since 1989. “It’s just building on the foundation to get the tools to work with.”

“Trust your partner and trust your training,” said Lehwald, who went to law school at the University of Pittsburgh. “Trust the training they’ve provided you.”

Comments

garyr 5 years ago

Alright, I'm taking bets here. Which recruit are we going to hear about first after becoming an officer, and what is going to be the reason? Car chase? Officer involved shooting? Stealing from the evidence room? Getting off on a DUI? C'mon folks, which one's it gonna be?

akt2 5 years ago

Considering the large population of whining babies in Lawrence, it's just a matter of time before one of these guys does or says something to offend someone. Then if it's a slow news day, the KC channels can come to town and broadcast the situation on their news at 6p, 10p and again the following morning at 6a.

remember_username 5 years ago

Wow, a lot of anger and frustration from this community. Frankly I thought the tiny flashlights and bright blue guns were worth a chuckle.

BeeBee3 5 years ago

The guy on the right has a back-up gun if his fails.. his bicep.

monkeywrench1969 5 years ago

so which is it SMitty more training or less training. You're always saying they need training because of this and now your saying they are wasting time becasue they are training.

It is amazing how you keep bringing every cop story back to a shooting with Bordman and Olin.

LJWORld how many hours does the state require these guys to have to become cops and helping the ungrateful on this site. Does the LPD give them these required hours?

BlackVelvet 5 years ago

Let's see if I have this right. Everyone at LPD is corrupt. Yellow House is innocend and was framed from the beginning. Bill Clinton did not have sex with that woman.

Did I miss anything?

Flap Doodle 5 years ago

Bring out your dead (horses)! Bring out your dead (horses)!

1029 5 years ago

The best way to flush a criminal out of a building is to set fire to the building. Eventually, the criminal will come stumbling out, coughing and weak, and can be apprehended easily. It makes absolutely no sense to put an officer's life on the line by making him/her wander around a dark building where a dangerous criminal is lurking.

whatadrag 5 years ago

I can see it now...a business owner hiring a vagrant to be a criminal in their building. Owner collects insurance, vagrant obtains shelter and food via jail.

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