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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Officers graduate from new program

Training included live simulations

By Kim Ring TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF

NEW BRAINTREE- It's unlikely that a police officer from Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard would ever find himself in New Braintree.

But for the past 21 weeks, officers from the four corners of the state have been training in a new way at the State Police Training Facility: in a hybrid program that organizers hope will not be the last of its kind.

"They got the best of the best," state police Sgt. Michael Lyver said, explaining that the best practices, instructors and course materials from the municipal training academy and the State Police Academy were combined for the class.

The graduation ceremony on Friday marked the completion of the program, which was the first time in more than two decades state police have trained local officers.

Typically, full-time local police officer candidates attend required training at one of the academies in Boylston, Plymouth, Reading or Springfield. Cities and towns pay for officers to attend.

But early this year, with many Central Massachusetts police departments in need of a training class so that they could add officers and replenish their ranks, area chiefs began asking for a program to be offered nearby, explained Terrel Harris, spokesman for the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

On May 5, recruits were arriving at the academy, where they were greeted by instructors from the state police and the municipal academy, including New Braintree Police Chief Gilbert A. DuVernay, who taught classes on the Incident Command System and terrorism.

Lt. Col. Marian J. McGovern said those organizing the program had high hopes.

"When you go into endeavors such as this, you have expectations," she said. "Not only did this exceed our expectations, but it helped us strengthen the partnerships that are being built between the local and state police."

The large facility in New Braintree offered opportunities not typically available and allowed recruits to stay overnight.

"Twenty-six of them stayed almost every night," Lt. Col. McGovern said. They used the evenings to study and enjoy some camaraderie.

As training entered its last week, recruits were put to the test in live scenarios drawn from the real-life experiences of local and state police. There were simulated car accidents; encounters with drunken drivers; domestic disputes, including one in which a fellow officer was abusing his wife and had to be arrested; out-of-control teen parties; and a shooting in which an officer was killed.

Recruits had to arrest and book a suspect, administer field sobriety tests and use a Breathalyzer.

The "officer down" scenario was based loosely on the killing of Paxton Police Chief Robert J. Mortell, who was gunned down Feb.1, 1994, as he chased three men suspected of breaking and entering into the woods along Route 31, Chief DuVernay said.

The scenario took place at night, unlike the shooting 14 years ago, and the role player's fatal wounds were different, but the call for every officer in the area to respond and the aftermath of what some called "controlled chaos" was what would likely happen if the event were real.

The role playing felt real, some recruits said, with shots ringing out, an ambulance racing in, a glaring beam from a state police helicopter tracking the area, the officer's wife screaming, media shouting for information and bystanders infiltrating the crime scene.

"I asked them after, 'How's your blood pressure?' and some of them just said, 'Wow.' " Chief DuVernay said. "It's as close as they'll get to the real thing."

State Police Sgt. Michael Lyver, who served as co-director for the program with Howard Liebowicz from the Municipal Police Training Committee, coordinator of Veteran Officer Programs, said the scenarios "threw some curveballs" at the recruits.

Some did not notice that the car they had stopped showed evidence of having hit a pedestrian. Some did not immediately spot a second victim lying, badly injured, behind shrubbery at an accident scene.

Trainers said such things help recruits understand that not everything they see is what it appears to be. Facing curveballs now helps make the officers more alert to details when they're on the road, instructors said.

"I hope it continues," Lt. Col. McGovern said of the training. "We believe in it. It shows that there's only one color blue."

Recruits graduating Friday were from Adams, Andover, Amherst Auburn, Douglas, Leicester, Marlboro, Mattapoisett, Maynard, Milton, Northampton, Northboro, Northbridge, Oak Bluffs, Oakham, Pittsfield, Salisbury and Webster.

Graduates included recruits from the Environmental Police, Massachusetts Port Authority and UMass Amherst.

Congratulations to the new police officers!!!
 
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Recruits graduating Friday were from Adams, Andover, Amherst Auburn, Douglas, Leicester, Marlboro, Mattapoisett, Maynard, Milton, Northampton, Northboro, Northbridge, Oak Bluffs, Oakham, Pittsfield, Salisbury and Webster.

Graduates included recruits from the Environmental Police, Massachusetts Port Authority and UMass Amherst.
The graduation speaker, Governor Deval Patrick, announced a 100% cut in local aid to the municipalities of Adams, Andover, Amherst Auburn, Douglas, Leicester, Marlboro, Mattapoisett, Maynard, Milton, Northampton, Northboro, Northbridge, Oak Bluffs, Oakham, Pittsfield, Salisbury and Webster, as well as layoffs at the Environmental Police, Massachusetts Port Authority Police and UMass Amherst Police. :pinch:
 

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Congratulations to all the officers of SPMA #1; you all worked hard and will be a credit to your department!
 

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Haha, our FNG from this class started today and he looked like a deer caught in the headlights. Hope he snaps out of it and plays out well.
 

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Haha, our FNG from this class started today and he looked like a deer caught in the headlights. Hope he snaps out of it and plays out well.
cut the crap, give em a chance. how long you been out of the academy? Congrats to all who made it. Tuna
 

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We were ALL deer in headlights the first night we got out of the academy, get off of your high horse and be thankful you have more officers that will have your back at anytime
 

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Congrats and be happy you didn't get trained at Boylston. :p
 

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Did anyone read any of the comments from the story at the tng site? There is (as usual) some real beauties on there.
Congrats and stay safe out there guys/gals.
 

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Did anyone read any of the comments from the story at the tng site? There is (as usual) some real beauties on there.
Congrats and stay safe out there guys/gals.
"Fred" sounds like the guy who makes those "Never Get Busted" videos. Conspiracy theories, black helicopters, phones bugged kind of guy.
 
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