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Academy raises bar for training

By JO2(SW/AW) Clyde Smith, Periscope Staff

January 20, 2005 - Police work can be very dangerous and stressful. In addition to the obvious dangers of confronting criminals, officers need to remain alert and ready to deal appropriately with a number of threatening situations - especially on military installations.
To assist newly hired Department of Defense police officers familiarize and adjust to these various situations, the training department at NSB Kings Bay Security has organized a new police academy.

''This is the first of four police academy courses which will be held this year,'' said Steve Bird, security training officer.

The academy started Jan. 3 and will last until Mar. 4.

According to Bird, the idea of the academy came after the region commander directed all DoD police officer training in the region be unified. This first academy class includes officers from Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City, Naval Station Mayport, Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Kings Bay.

Carroll uses dental mold to obtain an impression, which can be used to match a shoe with that of a perpetrator.

The newly sworn-in police officers are receiving instruction through classroom lectures as well as hands-on training in different law enforcement techniques. Some of those techniques include handling a crime scene, canine vehicle stops, DUI stop procedures and firearms training.

Officers also learn emergency vehicle operations, CPR and physical agility techniques.

''I have learned some things from this training I didn't learn from the police training I received when I was in the Navy,'' said Robert Peek, a patrolman at Kings Bay.

''I've learned basic forensic and crime scene investigation procedures, as well as fingerprinting and crime scene photography. This academy is a great preparation tool for the new candidates who have never served in law enforcement.''

''Our law enforcement officers perform the same duties as those working for state (and local) police departments, said MAC(SW) Andrew Pickering, assistant security training officer. ''The training they receive at this eight-week academy puts them on equal footing with their civilian law enforcement counterparts.''

''We want to make sure they are capable of handling everything that comes their way and this academy is a perfect place to start,'' said Pickering. ''The people who work and live on this base, and other bases throughout the nation, depend on Navy Master-At-Arms and (DoD) police officers to help protect their lives and property. We are making sure they are able to do it correctly.''

Home invasion leaves occupant seriously injured

By Amanda Iacone and Tony Sams

The Journal Gazette - June 02, 2005 - Fort Wayne police were investigating a home invasion Wednesday afternoon that left an unidentified man in serious condition.

Police were called to 2239 New Haven Ave. just before 3 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a shooting.

Two men entered the house and shots were fired. But a knife was also brandished during the scuffle, and investigators were unsure whether the victim had been shot or stabbed, spokesman Mike Joyner said .

The victim was taken from the scene in critical condition but was later upgraded to serious condition and is stable, Joyner said. Police did not release the victim’s name or age but described him as an adult Hispanic.

Police were investigating the case as a home invasion because the victim’s wallet was missing. It did not appear that the victim knew his attackers, Joyner said.

Complete descriptions of the assailants were not available. The two men fled on foot in an unknown direction, Joyner said.

Police believe the home invasion was unrelated to a home invasion in Aboite Township, Joyner said.

The victim’s aunt said her nephew had lived in the two-story home about two years. Someone else was home with her nephew at the time of the break-in, the woman said in Spanish.

Neighbor Darlene Jackson said the victim is a good neighbor and is always willing to lend her a hand when she needed it. She said the victim and the other young men who live in the home are quiet people who barbecue on occasion.

Gunman spotted on grounds of Bunche Elementary School

A man was spotted with a rifle or shotgun in the parking lot of Bunche Elementary School on Wednesday morning, triggering a brief lockdown at the school.

Fort Wayne police received several calls reporting that a man armed with a rifle or shotgun was in the school parking lot, 1111 Greene St., and then went into a nearby Eden Green Apartment building about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, police spokeswoman Robin Thompson said.

Police also took reports that shots were fired, and police found one small bullet hole in a patio doorframe at the apartment complex, Thompson said.

Officers combed the area and checked inside several buildings but did not find the gunman.

Bunche Elementary officials locked down the school during the episode, Fort Wayne Community Schools spokeswoman Debbie Morgan said.

Morgan did not know how long the school was under the lockdown.

Cash, hand soap taken during burglary at downtown eatery

Burglars took cash and hand soap when they broke into the Loaf N Ladle overnight Monday, police said.

When the restaurant’s employees returned to work Tuesday morning, they found the back door to the shop, 817 S. Calhoun St., had been kicked in. Employees discovered $75 was missing along with some hand soap, a Fort Wayne police report said.

Crime Stoppers gets 152 tips in May, up from last year

The number of Crimes Stoppers tips resulting in felony charges was down last month compared to May 2004, according to the Greater Fort Wayne Crime Stoppers.

Numbers for May were released Wednesday. In general, the number of tips and resulting arrests and charges are up during the first five months of the year compared to the same time period last year.

In May, the agency took 152 tips. Tips resulted in 75 arrests along with 69 felony charges and 136 misdemeanor charges, according to Crime Stoppers data.

Last May, the agency had 136 tips resulting in 73 arrests. Those arrests netted 103 felony charges, 34 more than this May, and 110 misdemeanors, the data said.

In July, Crime Stoppers officials plan to place announcements on local TV stations – the first time in three years that the tip line has relied on broadcasters’ help. Officials expect TV revenue will bring in more tips.

Krista J. Stockman of The Journal Gazette contributed to this story.


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