Week 1 of Civilian Police Academy

April 12th, 2012 at 5:54 pm by under COPS 101, WTHI Blog

So, here we are: the first class of the Civilian Police Academy.

This week was a lot of introductions and explanations. Did you know Terre Haute became a city in 1852? Around that time, we had our first police officers. From there, THPD has grown to be a 136 member department. They function on an $11.7 million budget. They are a para-military unit, functioning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We met some of the leaders of the Terre Haute Police Department: Chief John Plasse, Special Services Lt. Hugh Crawford, Chief of Investigations Asst. Chief Shawn Keen, the list goes on and on.

We toured the facilities of the Terre Haute Police Department. We saw the interrogation rooms, the breathalyzer test (Did you know this unit uses radio frequency?), the office of Chief Plasse with the old bank vault, the nearly acquired and renovated section that includes a new training room, an on-site workout room, and offices that previously were located off sight. It’s nothing immaculate, but it gets the job done. (If you didn’t know, the department will start looking for funds to build a new building in the coming years.)

Week one was a lot to take in. We learned the basics of who and where and what and how.

Next week, we’ll go over some of the different branches of the department and how they all interact.

Check out the full schedule here. Until then, we’ll see you next week!

Click here for photos from week 1

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