Citizens Police Academy

In our first class we had an introduction and then discuss the body-worn cameras.

Pam Davis is the director at the Police Academy.  This is the third class since September.  This is eleven sessions.  This program used to be just a couple of days.

There are three things with which you will walk away.  You will do some of the training that the officers get, traffic stop, use of force, defensive tactics, and the fax machine.  We will ut you in a live scenario.

Second, we want you to have the opportunity to meet a lot of people in this agency.  We will give you the opportunity to learn how to fingerprint things.  We want you to have contacts throughout our agency.  These people will leave you with their names and numbers.  

The third thing is the feeling that you learned something and that you are a partner with the police.

Captain Shelly Stern is the executive director.  Sgt.  Rob Corso came up with the community engagement unit.  We are the first in the State.  Officer Belechto works with Sgt.  Corso.

Captain Stern is in her 26th year.  She loves the Citizen Police Academy.  She always looks forward to the last class when people saw without.  She will be here that night.

Sgt. Corso has eleven years in the Department.  He was a detective in the Northeastern District.  He has been here now just over a year.  He teaches the body worn camera for the agency. 

Detective Gillespie has been on the force 12 years.  He was in education before this for about ten years.

In 1917 the Supreme Court said that you canít have black and white areas.  In one area it was clear where the police were taking care of people and they were peace makers.  In another area it looks as if they were occupying forces.

We had a very interesting history lesson.  One of the students gives tours of the City and she was able to give us a very interesting perspective.

We talked about"zero tolerance" and some of the problems. Baltimore Police Department's PCM 10-11 says that the BPD does not support zero tolerance.  During the Hamm administration around 2005 there was a retreat o the part of the police from involvement in PAL, etc.

Sgt. Corso taught the body worn camera. This camera records in HD 720.  It has a 140į view angle.  It is not like a fish-eye lens.  It does a good job of catching video without distortion.  It has a speaker.  It can beep.  There is a battery status button near the button.  It also has a microphone.  It is a 12-hour battery and it takes four hours to recharge.  The cameras are $400 each.

The BPD does not store the data itself. They do retain99.99% of the videos.  Anybody can share access to his video with you and they do promote it.

If an officer is not in an enforcement capacity, usually he does not have to wear the body camera.

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Detective Gillespie

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Police balancing act

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Policing is always changing.

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Sgt. Rob Corso

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