By Drew Teague
On Friday we attended our final field trip of the internship and it was very exciting. Half of the interns partook in their concealed carry class earlier in the week and had their final instruction, then completed their live fire test.
While those interns completed their CCDW training, the rest of us got to be on the range and practice firing a couple of police weapons. Not only did we fire, but the officer taught us proper weapon safety, how the weapon actually worked, showed us the interior of the weapon, and about the safety’s of the weapon, even without an actual safety latch.
Written by Sydney Garrett
On Friday, July 15, I had the chance to go on a ride-along with Officer Horn. I was nervous before it started because (1) I didn’t know if I could handle staying awake past midnight and (2) I really had no idea what to expect. Luckily, Officer Horn relieved my safety concerns at the beginning.
This experience was really interesting to me because I’ve never spent a lot of time with a police officer before, let alone sat in a car with one for an extended period of time. I feel like a lot of people my age are scared of police or have some kind of resentment for them, and it was great to hear an officer’s perspective first-hand. Continue reading
As most of you know – our own Jessica Hardin is walking on to the UK Women’s Basketball team.
She has been working hard to get in shape and is pretty excited about the whole event. I have sent coach Matthew Mitchell a letter describing how hard she is working – from 6 AM for morning workouts to 9-4 at our office, then back to the gym for more basketball! She has become a hero for our office – so I asked Coach Mitchell when we will be able to buy our Hardin #15 jerseys!! We are all very anxious.
Tuesday we went to the Mounted Police Unit to tour the facility, learn the duties and responsibilities of the unit, and meet the officers and their equine partners. As a life-long horse enthusiast and long time equestrian I was particularly interested in seeing the training that is involved in the process of transforming a green horse into a nearly bombproof police horse. The obedience and trust these horses possess in their officer mounts is incredible and the bond and partnership between the horse and the officer is immediately apparent when you see the two working together.
Through careful and patient training these horses learn to trust the officer and become desensitized to sounds, sights, and smells that would normally spook or startle a horse. The officer explained that most horses that are considered to become police horses are not suitable for the job because they do not have the temperament necessary to make a safe and effective police horse. Most horses that first come into the program go through a trial period so the officers can have time to determine whether the horse is suitable for the job or not.’
July 8 marked the 3rd Annual Bluegrass Elder Abuse Prevention Conference. Throughout the day, speakers presented need-to-know facts about elder and domestic abuse. More than four million older adults are abused each year in the United States–90% of which are victimized by family members or trusted others. This council’s mission is to aid in the prevention of elder abuse through community education and inter-agency collaboration. It is so important to understand the scope of this abuse in order to protect our citizens, identify those at risk, and report any mistreatment.
On Wednesday, the interns left the office early and trekked down Leestown Road to the federal prison in the city, which is a federal medical center for the federal prison system.
The outside has great architecture and looks nice, then we all realized that there were high fences with barbed wire all over the place. As we walked up to the double gated entrance there was a group of female inmates who were taking care of the landscaping around the property, from cutting grass to trimming bushes, more on them later.
Once we entered we had to check-in, go through metal detectors in a similar fashion to a TSA line at the airport, including taking our shoes off. We finally had to get a stamp on our hands that was visible in blacklight, this ultimately was our ticket out of the facility.
From mowing the field to competing in pageants! She is an outstanding young woman and was an excellent intern.