Saturday, November 17, 2012
Fifteen area residents participated in 11 weeks of Citizens' Police Academy with the Colonial Regional Police Department.
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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Fifteen area residents on Wednesday completed Citizens' Police Academy with the Colonial Regional Police Department. Chief Roy D. Seiple congratulated participants during celebratory cake and coffee. On the last night of the 11-week course, Seiple was confident each participant was leaving the academy with a better understanding of his department and, most importantly, with connections to local officers and fellow residents. The academy included tours of Northampton County Prison and Northampton County Emergency Management Services; a gun range trip, and classes that covered a crime scene investigation, DUI and accident reconstruction, drug identification and mock court hearings, just to name a few. Special instructors included District …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Colonial Regional Police will offer another round of Citizens' Police Academy, which will be held weekly from Aug. 29 to Nov. 14.
Colonial Regional Police will again offer its Citizens' Police Academy, which will be held weekly from Aug. 29 to Nov. 14. According to a press release, the academy allows residents to see for themselves what their local police officers do in the course of a work day. Courses will include: Participants will also get the chance to do a ride-along and tour Northampton County Prison and Northampton County's 911 Center. All participants must submit an application, which can be found at www.colonialregionalpd.org, by Aug. 15. You can also print the application by clicking the PDF file to the right of this article. How to Submit Your Application: For more information, call (610) 861-4820. Editor's Note: I participated in Citizens' Police Academy…
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The editor of Nazareth Patch is taken on a 10-hour ride-along with officers from Colonial Regional Police.
On three separate occasions I found myself pulling over to the side of the road as red and blue lights flashed brightly behind me. The first time I ever received a speeding ticket was in Kingston Township, Luzerne County. I made my best friend call my step-mom to tell her. Yep, I was a chicken. The other two occasions involved another speeding ticket in Plainfield Township, and a failure to obey a traffic control device in Forty Fort, Luzerne County. I've been citation free, however, since 2008! When I enrolled in Citizens’ Police Academy, the ride-along was one of many things I was really looking forward to. I couldn’t wait to have the opportunity to be on the other side of the flashing lights, even if I was just a spectator. After some …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The editor of Nazareth Patch as a key witness? You should probably find someone else.
As Citizens’ Police Academy continues, the weeks get increasingly interesting. Week six -- last week -- was no exception. Week six started off with a field trip to Northampton County Prison. When I was an undergraduate, I visited Luzerne County Prison with Intercollegiate Leadership Wilkes-Barre, so I had an idea of what our visit was going to be like. While the experience was kind of the same, nothing prepares you for being inside portions of a jail that date back to the 1800s. For the historical background on Northampton County Prison, check out the five-page document I attached to this story. When we first got inside, all jackets, hoodies, keys, purses, etc. had to be locked away. We then headed through the metal detector -- we all …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The editor of Nazareth Patch has good aim.
We’re halfway through Citizens’ Police Academy, and week five may have been my favorite class and field trip thus far. I could write a book about everything we learned in the classroom, but for the sake of time, I’ll give the in-a-nutshell version. At Colonial Regional Police headquarters, Det. Michael Munch gave a presentation on use of force -- non-deadly and deadly. First, a few definitions: Police officers are authorized to use deadly force in order to: The goal, however, is to follow the use-of-force continuum and use non-deadly force to de-escalate and/or control the incident -- “plus one,” which means an officer can use more force than the bad guy (or woman). An officer also never shoots to kill, according to Munch. If an officer …
Monday, November 7, 2011
The editor of Nazareth Patch learns that she'd never make it as a 911 dispatcher.
No, I didn’t drop out of Citizens’ Police Academy. I vowed not to, remember!? Due to a “stay-cation” and circumstances beyond my control, I was unable to write about my week-four experience right away. That said, I’m back and ready to share. Last week’s class was a field trip to the Northampton County 911 Center in Upper Nazareth Township. Our first stop was the PennSTAR helipad, or the helicopter landing pad, located behind the building that sits off Gracedale Avenue. According to www.pennmedicine.org, PennSTAR “provides critical care air medical transportation within a 100-mile radius of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.” A few interesting facts: The gentleman in our class -- of course -- had to ask if the pilot could turn on…
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The apprehensive -- yet curious -- editor of Nazareth Patch listens to a presentation by Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek.
To say I was a bit apprehensive about this week’s Citizens’ Police Academy class would be… well, true. Wednesday night’s presenter was Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek, someone I’ve spoken to in the past for work purposes. I’m not an uber-squeamish person -- needles don’t freak me out, the sight of blood doesn’t make me wig, and hospitals don’t give me the heebee-jeebees. But death and dead bodies? That’s where I cross the line. You should have seen my face when I learned what a cadaver was for the first time, and that my college used them for educational purposes -- and that the Gross Anatomy lab was right next to my math class. I'm sure the professor I was interviewing for my college's newspaper couldn't wait for the poor …
Friday, October 14, 2011
The editor of Nazareth Patch is tardy to class, but for a good reason.
I’m not doing so well with Citizens’ Police Academy, am I? I’m tardy with my weekly post, and I was even tardy to class on Wednesday -- but for good reason. On the original agenda for Wednesday’s class at Colonial Regional Police were the topics of DUIs and crash investigations. Little did I know that as my friend, who also is enrolled, and I headed toward the department, we’d literally put the pieces of a motor vehicle accident together in a matter of 30 seconds. We had just crested the hill on Route 191 past Giant in Lower Nazareth Township when a flash and a bang made both of us jump -- I was the driver, Bailey Reichard of Plainfield Township was my passenger. I wondered out loud, “Was that a firework?” Bailey -- almost jumping out of …
Thursday, October 6, 2011
The editor of Nazareth Patch enrolls in Citizens' Police Academy; vows not to drop out.
Yes, I was a dropout. No, I was not a high school dropout. I was a get-me-out-of-this-criminal-justice-class-right-this-second dropout. During my senior year at Pen Argyl Area High School, one of the electives I chose was criminal justice. I lasted maybe two days before heading -- more like running -- to my guidance counselor’s office to beg for my release from the class. He conceded and created an elective for me -- band, to be exact -- so I’d have enough credits to graduate. That’s right. I chose band over criminal justice. Don’t judge. Now three years out of college and a few credits toward my master’s degree later, I have found myself back in a criminal justice-type class. I don’t know where she lives or if she reads Nazareth Patch, …