Possible Changes for Fall 2016 KCPA Classes
In early May, Officer Plant discussed ideas for possible changes to the upcoming Fall KCPA classes.
The main theme is to have more hands-on scenarios. Aside from reducing student time at desks and in front of TV monitors, the scenarios will educate students more on why things are done in a certain way, not just what officers do. As well, it will present a clearer perspective on what is going on in the community.
An example is responding to a disturbance call. Students would have the opportunity of separating the parties involved and to get inside the story. What if an officer arrests a woman for assault and doesn’t arrest the man? The students would see that possibly when the officers arrived at the scene, they only saw injuries on one party and they arrested the aggressor in the situation. Students would be part of what a police officer does every day.
In previous classes, students have run through a routine traffic stop from start to finish. Beginning with getting out of the police car, to approaching the vehicle, to identifying the driver, and finally making the determination of whether to issue a ticket or to let the driver go with a warning. This popular scenario is set to remain in the curriculum.
Going one step further, Officer Plant is hoping to bring back the traffic collision demonstration that was included in the first two or three classes. A mock traffic accident was set up where the students used measuring tapes and created diagrams and other methods to work a crash scene. Students saw how much work goes into documenting traffic accidents and gained more appreciation for Kyle’s crash team.
Currently, Officer Pruitt teaches one class that has 12 scenarios where he shows the different roles – whether it’s a suicidal subject, or a truant situation, or a traffic stop, maybe it’s a disturbance as mentioned above. Officer Plant would like to expand on this concept.
One change in the works is the approval of updates to the crime scene class. While keen to not keep students occupied all day, cramming a fantastic opportunity for an in-depth scenario into a three or four-hour block is limiting. Currently, students work the scene from start to finish, but they do not exceed the crime scene. While students enjoy and learn a lot during this mock-up, Officer Plant feels that it could be improved upon given a longer amount of time for this specific session. He would like to see a couple of students act as the officers. They would arrive on-scene and realize the seriousness of the crime, tape it off, and call in detectives. Two more students would take on the roles of detective. They would observe, photograph, and start interviewing people. Eventually, the scenario could expand to the courts. Students could see and participate in the case from start to finish.
It is of little surprise that the gun range is a favorite among students and officers. To make it better, Office Plant suggests a larger range of weapons and sophisticated, flipping targets.
Right now, Officer Plant, along with fellow officers, are going through many evaluation forms filled out by former students. They are removing unpopular subjects, adjusting popular subjects to make them better, and working on adding new ideas into the schedule. They have more ideas than time to fit them in, so whichever changes are implemented, they will be exciting. This Fall’s session is sure to be the best yet.
Classes will begin late August and run through late November, ending just before Thanksgiving.
They will meet at the same day and time, Tuesday 6-9.