New Officers Ready For "Solo" Patrol
MPD Slated to Graduate 15 Recruits this Friday
The Madison Police Department is proud to announce (and celebrate) the graduation exercises for the 52nd pre-service academy.
Consistent with previous classes, this year's group of recruits is highly diverse in terms of life, work and educational experience. A snapshot profile reflects an average age of "28." All - save for one - have a bachelor's or master's degree, and over half of the class are women and people of color.
Life experiences from these recruits include: former police officers from other jurisdictions, personal fitness instructors, retail, hospitality, sales, marketing, education, social service providers, a forest firefighter and a nanny! These individuals come from the States of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arizona and Maryland. Before beginning their training, the "candidates" had to compete against a robust pool of over 1600 applicants!
These officers began a nine-month training regimen when they first took the oath of office on May 31, 2011. Six months of training was provided in a host of areas including unified tactics (which is comprised of professional communication, defense and arrest tactics, firearms, emergency vehicle operation and vehicle contacts). Additionally, MPD prides itself on augmenting State curriculum with extended blocks on relational skills, constitutional law, investigations, trust-based community policing, ethics and problem solving.
For the past three months, the recruits were paired with a veteran officer/partner who would help them take the "lessons learned" from the academy and translate them to the realities encountered on the streets. On February 5th, these recruits will be full-fledged officers assigned to Patrol Services working in one of the Department's five district stations on afternoons and nights.
The graduation will take place at 6pm on Friday at the Lowell Center (610 Langdon Street). The class has chosen veteran police officer and training specialist Linda Baehmann to deliver their commencement address. Officer Baehmann has served as a training officer for the past ten years-training well over 200 recruits-and is now opting to return to Patrol Services with this, her final class.
- Joel DeSpain, 266-4897