This isn’t CSI: New YorkApril 12th, 2012 at 4:32 pm by Jaclyn Bevis under COPS 101, WTHI Blog
Have you ever been a victim of a crime in real life and wondered why it wasn’t solved in 42 minutes (60 minutes if your life has commercials) like it is on TV? Well, unfortunately, reality doesn’t work the way CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds, and other crime solving shows do. In reality, local police departments have less man power, toxicology reports take longer than 8 minutes, and interrogations require more than just a good and bad cop.
Without further ado, welcome to week one of Cops 101. Last night (Wednesday) was our first night of training for the Terre Haute Police Departments inaugural Citizen’s Police Academy.
Chief Photojournalist Mike Latta and I, along with 12 others, will meet every Wednesday night for the next eight weeks to learn the ins and outs of the local police department.
This is the first class every to go through the academy, and it was clear last night how excited both THPD and all of us in attendance were to get things started.
Every Thursday for the next eight weeks, you’ll have something to look forward to as well. I’ll give you the details from our most recent meetings. You can read about them here, and you can tune in to News 10 First at Five to hear all about the week’s lessons.
If you’re anything like me, you might be wondering why THPD would let us in on all of their little secrets. Well, first of all, we obviously won’t see and learn everything, but we’ll learn and see a lot (like a whole tour of their facilities, which I’ll tell you all about a little later). We talked with Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse about how the idea came to be. He explained that while visiting with other departments, they noticed pictures on the wall of civilian groups. After asking a few questions, they learned all about the program known as the Civilian Police Academy.
You may have heard about the Junior Police Academy. They’re famous nationwide, and Terre Haute has one as well. As Chief Plasse said, before this academy, the adults were getting a little short changed. (Imagine that!)