Law Enforcement Program
This course deals with the basic understanding of criminal justice agencies, their operations, objectives and basic purposes. Career opportunities are also examined within the criminal justice field. The various types of specialties within a police department are also investigated. These specialties may include accident investigation report writing and reviewing, breathalyzer, crime scene, collection of evidence, firearm training, and ride along observations.
Students are also learning about the phonetic alphabet and Galesburg Emergency Signal Codes. We have started blocks of instructions on handcuffing techniques, and started using the squad car in conducting mock traffic stops.
Class of 2014-2015
Investigator Legate and Investigator Kisler of the Galesburg Police Department visited the class on November 18, to show a presentation on a variety of drugs and the effects they can have on your body.
Trooper Jason Wilson recently visited the GAVC Law Enforcement Class. He spoke with students about his job as an Illinois State Police Officer as well as what it takes to become an ISP Trooper.
Officer Zach Tuley and Gene Colvin recently visited our classroom to speak to students about the Galesburg Police Explorer program. Officer Tuley has been the post advisor for the past year. Gene Colvin has been an explorer for over 5 years and has reached the rank of Captain. They both gave a brief overview of the explorer program and were attempting to recruit some of my students. Students interested in signing up for to become a Explorer should see Mr. Nichols.
GPD officer Patrick Ruggles recently visited with the Law Enforcement class and spoke about his career as an officer and the training he has received.
Students enjoy a visit to the GPD
Students get a chance to drive impaired with Trooper Wilson
Students get a chance to visit the Knox County Jail
Students learn how to handle routine stops
Students visit the Public Safety Building
Guest speaker Trooper Wilson visits
Trooper Jason Wilson was guest speaker the Law Enforcement Class. He spoke with students about his job as an Illinois State Police Officer as well as what it takes to become an ISP Trooper. Trooper Wilsontalked about the challenges of working the county highways and interstates in Illinois as well as the dangers and rewards of his job. Discussion was held about other areas of the Illinois State Police such as K-9 Officer, Crime Scene Technician, Emergency Response Team or Swat, ISP Investigations.
Learning the ropes
The Law Enforcement students were able to utilize the G.A.V.C. Law Enforcement Squad Car to conduct Felony Stops. Students were taught proper officer safety in working in teams to progress in conducting a Felony Traffic Stop. Students utilized gun belts with handcuffs, handcuff cases, Red Guns, holsters, and radio holders. Students were able to give the violator commands via loud speaker through the squad car's "PA System". Students were able to give commands to the driver, and passengers to exit the vehicle safely and to be handcuffed,searched and then placed into the back seat of the squad car in the CAGE. Students who played the role of the suspect, were given senarios from the instructor. Some students took off running out of the vehicle and had to be pursued on foot by the cover officers (students). Overall these mock felony stops went very well and my students experienced how dangerous these types of stops can be for officers on the street.
The Law Enforcement class is beginning to work on signal codes and emergency 10-codes. Students will be utilizing these codes during the year when we conduct mock traffic stops with the GAVC Law Enforcement squad car.