Tuesday, November 14, 2000
Police work: Not like on TV
Course gives citizens new insight
By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer
FAIRFIELD Twenty citizens have learned more about police work in 10 Tuesdays than they could have gleaned from years of so-called reality TV shows, says Fairfield Police Lt. Ken Colburn.
The crime takes place, it gets solved and goes to court, all within a half-hour TV show. But it doesn't really work that way in real life; it's much more complex, Lt. Colburn said. The citizens who have gone through the academy have a greater understanding of what we do. They know it's not that quick and easy.
The city's seventh Citizen Police Academy class, which began in September, graduates tonightin a ceremony at the No. 2 fire station on Dixie Highway. Police Chief Mike Dickey and City Manager Art Pizzano will congratulate the participants.
Fairfield is one of a number of Greater Cincinnati communities that offer citizens police academies to foster better police-community relations.
We're making a lot of friends out in the community, Lt. Colburn said. People who have been through the academies often continue to keep in contact with us.
Two members of the current academy have already volunteered to assist with programs that help troubled juveniles.
The twice-yearly Fairfield program, which is free of charge, has become increasingly popular since its inception in September 1997, Lt. Colburn said. Thirteen peo ple have already signed up for the next academy class that begins in March.
On Saturday, 15 class members went to Target World in Sharonville to learn to fire a weapon. Target World opened its firing range two hours early for exclusive use of the class, Lt. Colburn said.
Many of the people had never fired guns before of any type, he said. One (woman) was shaking the whole time, although she shot really well.
The class learned firearms basics during its regular meeting last Tuesday. On Saturday, instructors showed the students how to properly grip a gun .40-caliber Sig Sauers just like Fairfield officers carry.
I'm sure they learned how difficult it is to shoot consistently and how unrealistic it is for someone to shoot a gun out of a guy's hand, like you see in the movies, Lt. Colburn said.
The academy class also featured a death investigation presentation by Butler County Coroner Dr. Richard Burkhardt; police canine presentation by Police Officer Rob Corner; and crime prevention tips and criminal investigations information given by Sgt. Greg Valandingham.
For more information, contact Lt. Colburn at 867-6030, ext. 123.
Police coverup alleged, denied
Judge diverted fines to charity
Man charged in teen's slaying
Ohio lawmakers want $9,247 pay raise
$10M in donations asked for NKU arena
Death row DNA tests OK'd
Magnet sign-up goes smoothly
Languages this school's specialty
PULFER: The worst race money could buy
Rutherford Hayes needed Fla. recount
SAMPLES: History takes a back seat
Thumbs up for hand counts
Arrests made in pharmacy break-ins
County to pay mentors for at-risk children
Health-care access problems described at forum
Jail security under review
Jailers talk tough to young people
More elderly will get help from levy fund
Alexandria chosen for sewage plant
Mayor won't be indicted for check
Anti-drug effort begins
Lebanon, ODOT agree on rebuilding part of Main
Norwood police want jobs filled
Police work: Not like on TV
Driver in fatal student shooting gets probation