Updated: Apr 17, 2018
A few years ago I found out that my place of employment "Duke University" has a program that allowed full-time employees to experience what it is like to be part of the Campus Police by offering the Duke University Campus Police Citizen Academy.
It only took me over a year to finally get into the program (places fill up quick) and Academy 10 proofed to be very informative and also a lot of fun. So much fun in fact that I decided to come back this year to be part of of Alumni Academy 5 and also volunteer for several events.
During one of these volunteer session I got to dust off my old faithful "Big C" also known as Canon EOS D6 camera and spend one dark and gloomy evening photographing the first session of the next Academy: Traffic Stops!
What did I learn during my time in the Academy?
Actually a lot! I learned that DUPD has many services such as engraving session for your precious equipment (it goes into a national database in case it get's stolen), community events and a ton of resources that can help with many issues that students and staff might face. I got a glimpse of what officers have to deal with on a daily basis and how quick simple situations like a routine traffic stop could turn into a potentially life threatening disaster.
The Academy consists of 7 weekly session with an 8th session being graduation. The sessions range from traffic stops to criminal investigation over to court room proceedings and even include a day at the firing range!
Would it be wrong to say that was my favorite session?
First time shooting a rifle and a handgun! I actually did very well with the hand gun and hit the bulls eye all five time. Don't mess with me!!! :-)
And no! I'm not going to run out and get a gun permit but it was beneficial to experience what happens when you pull the trigger.
Having fun is a must!
Now it was not all doom and gloom and everyone made sure we all had a good time doing the various sessions. Actually the officers involved in the Academy go out of their way to ensure everyone has a good time, is safe and comes away with a better understanding and new friends!
A Day in the shoes of an officer
Having experienced a day or rather several days in the shoes of an officer I can honestly say that my respect for the men and women in uniform who's job it is to protect and serve has grown immensely. You couldn't pay me enough do that job but I'm very glad someone is.