Citizens Police Academy

I'm just getting up the photos right now.  Between this session and the time that I uploaded these photos I had a class at Baltimore City Community College, Washington Hill Community Association meeting, and one day of the Russian Festival.

By the time of this report, I have worked at the Russian Festival all three days.  This was also a wonderful opportunity for me to share my experience with our many visitors.

Lieutenant Sean Brown, the range master, discussed the three levels of force and the various tools that the police officers can use. 

Level 1, which includes pointing a weapon, is low level force or active resistance.  The person does not cooperate and the officer has to use force. 

If there is a complaint of injury,t his becomes a level 2.  Active aggression and aggravated aggression raises the level to 3.

Police offers do not shoot to kill.  Most officers with whom I've talked have never used their gun.  One officer told me, "When I was issued my gun, I prayed,'Lord, please don't ever let me have to use this.'"

We also had a "Shoot - Don't Shoot Exercise."We had to make a split second decision whether or not we should shoot.  In the scenario I was shot because I missed the suspect twice.  The purpose of this exercise was to give us a unique perspective and critical thinking.  As a deacon in the Orthodox Church, I am not allowed to use a weapon.  Deacons and priests in the Orthodox Church are not allowed to be in a position where we might be required to take a life. 

The scenery is outside the academy. 
 

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Lieut. Sean Brown

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We are waiting to do the "Shoot - Don't Shoot" scenario.

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While waiting for our turn, some of us were fascinated by the baton.

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Debriefing of scenario