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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

1029 3 years, 8 months 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.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 8 months ago

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

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BlackVelvet 3 years, 8 months 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?

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monkeywrench1969 3 years, 8 months 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?

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 8 months ago

Training for these most critical public servants is necessary. I am stunned by the snarky, negative comments in this blog.

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BeeBee3 3 years, 8 months ago

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

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bromidrosis 3 years, 8 months ago

Garyr, it will be murder disguised as self-defense. These are the future killers of our innocent townspeople. Mark my words.

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ljwanonymous 3 years, 8 months ago

the court of opinion finds your constant whining and un-proven claims irritating and annoying.

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remember_username 3 years, 8 months 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.

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smitty 3 years, 8 months ago

Well,if you take into consideration the hidden messages in this story, questions arise.

!...Look at the helpful sign that alerts the public ....... A sign outside the building indicated a training session was in progress.....

Always a disconnect from why the JW puts in info to the history of why it is needed. The LPD caused much concern over their training use of a residence in the 23rd and Louisiana area that made the Lawrence citizens think a violent crime was in progress. However it was only a training session. Only after the public expressed concern did Olin's and his Lt's start alerting the public that they were only simulating a violent crime. Now that is a simple problem hat you would think common sense dictated alerting the public but noooo...not our LPD...they wait and exploit the change in a subtle way ...like this photo with no history from the JW. What's new?

2......The training sessions total at least 500 hours of in house training. so why can't the Olin;'s and his Lts utilise some of that time to figure out they can create concern with the public with their arrogant dismissal of our concerns until a major complaint happens?

We have a budget crunch as does most of America's communities. There is no justification worthy of the number of LPD personnel used to do this training while the chief tried to increase the budget to add more officers. A waste of time, personnel, money, even in a time of no budget crunch.

Our auditor needs to study this issue with the LPD training and money drain.

3......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.”

Some more history for the new recruit....

Officer Jim Phillips did the right thing by backing up his partner", Bordman, and ended up under oath perjuring himself over the facts of the Sevier LPD killing to do his part in the securing the justifiable homicide regardless of the fact Phillips did the right thing and until he was coerced into his actions by the blue code of silence and the code of we take care of our own. All that loyalty to each other while the public gets a scam to discuss for years and years and will until changes happens..

Your comment is now part of the public info that shows how your naivety and supposedly good intentions to assist with the spin to achieve a good public image for a troubled department.

Officer in training, Lehwald, may your good intentions not be further manipulated by the LPD, JW, and the city's(read CC) hidden agendas.

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akt2 3 years, 8 months 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.

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garyr 3 years, 8 months 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?

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lawrenceguy40 3 years, 8 months ago

Police training is an oxymoron in this town. You cannot train obnoxious character - it is an innate trait and is actively recruited by LPD.

I wonder if shooting the citizenry and conducting wild car chases to a death is part of the training.

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