Citizens Police Academy

On this day we had K-9, bomb squad, and Foxtrot.

The dogs only listen to the officers.  The officers have to call off the dogs.  They do not have a lot of bites.  There was a homicide suspect and as soon as he saw the police and dog, he came out. 

Every time you walk, you drop a scent particle.  There is a fear scent.  They know what they are doing.  All the dogs are train in different languages, German, Dutch, and French.

They try to have the suspect give up first.  They will give warnings before sending in the dog.  If the suspect gives up, they will have the dog sit next to him.  If the suspect tries to fight the officer, the dog will protect the officer.  The dogs are taught to bite in one spot and hold until told to do something.

They fight drugs on a daily basis and they get guns all the time.  There are 25 dogs.  They had never found an explosive and any blown up so we didn’t miss anything.  It is rare that the dogs have to attack somebody.  It is 24/7.  An armed robbery occurred in the County and the dog bit the person in the leg.  Most of the time when people see the dog, they give up.

We have dogs which do strictly drug work.  This dog does explosive.  Officer Farley’s dog is dual purpose, protection and work.  They will protect the officer and the citizen.  For protection work it is 16 weeks of training.  For bomb it is six weeks.  If they are going to do both, we train them at both.

The bomb squad does about 350-400 calls a year, 150+ special events.  This includes 80 baseball games and ten football games.  They have robots that they can bring in.  All bomb technicians are also hazmat technicians.

The FBI controls everything bomb related.  All bomb technicians in the United States to go Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville AL.  A year ago they got money to double the size of the school.  They are doing advanced training.

One of our biggest equipment is x-ray.  It was like a giant Polaroid.  They were very temperamental.  Then they came out with a digital x-ray machine which is so much better.  The x-ray comes out on a laptop.  The software is incredible.  They now have an x-ray tablet about the size of a iPad.  It is $40,000 but it is great for special events.

The City owns four helicopters and they are $4.5 million each.  They have been a tremendous help in fighting crimes.  Baltimore City hires pilots and make them police officers.  Other jurisdictions make police officers pilots.  This crew has operated 15 years and over 40,000 hours with no accident.  T|here are usually two copters up at a time and they also help Baltimore County.

The robot is about $180,000 and has four cameras.  The one on display today is called "Ash".  The other one is Bishop" [no relationship], although we do have things in common, like cameras.  The robot has a radius of 1.5 miles.  The bomb squad gets 250-300 calls a day and they have only five people.

The truck is a hazardous device unit.  The only people allowed inside during work are bomb technicians.
 

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We are looking over the bomb suits. They are heavy.

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Foxtrot

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Ash - the name of this robot

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The "bread maker" is what is used to process x-rays.

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This machine controls the robot.