On February 12th, after the 2nd class was cancelled due to a snowstorm, Citizens Academy students were back in the classroom. The first presentation of the evening was the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, ranging from building a case, evidence, criminal law, and all aspects of trial procedures.
The next portion of the class was on DUI, which students learned is properly referred to as OVWI, or Operating Vehicle While Intoxicated. Speedway Police Officer Mike Clupper explained various aspects of his duties with Citizens Academy students, ranging from identifying behaviors, physical signs of intoxication, as well as law and prosecution.
Officer Mike Clupper
Last but not least, Officer Mat Turpin, who is also Speedway Police Department’s K-9 handler, shared with students what to expect during their upcoming ride alongs. Each Citizens Academy student will have the opportunity to have a 4 hour ride along with a Speedway Police Officer, and can choose day, middle, or late shift. He discussed the police officer’s “office”, aka their patrol car, expected behavior of the students, what they could possibly expect, etc.
Officer Mat Turpin
This week’s Citizens Academy class was Firearms I, and was taught by Lt. Dan Eacret, Sgt. Rod Ferguson, and Officer Chuck Ezell. They presented students with a history of the firearms that have been used by the Speedway Police Department, and displayed a sampling of the current firearms used by officers today. They explained about the history and mechanics of each firearm, as well as which scenarios each firearm might be utilized. They also explained to students the training process officers must take at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), as well as the various classifications of achievement, whether qualifying (80%), marksman (85%), sharpshooter (90%), or expert (95%). They also explained about the training they receive to become firearms instructors.
Lt. Dan Eacret
Officer Chuck Ezell
Sgt. Rod Ferguson
Citizens Academy students also learned about the continuing firearms training that Speedway Police officers receive, including various scenarios, locations, lighting conditions, and moving targets, etc.
Next week, students who choose to do so, will have an opportunity to use the various firearms at the Speedway Police Department’s firing range. We hope you continue to follow along with the progress of the class!