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internship

December 11,2001




MY INTERNSHIP

Through out my one hundred and twenty-hour experience with the Gloversville Police
Department, I learned many skills, values and the ways of this Police Department. Many of
the calls and situations I went to often could relate to a certain theory that I learned
in any of my law classes. I would recommend any student majoring in Criminal Justice to
try to take an internship with a local law enforcement agency. I am currently signed up
for the civil service test for Gloversville Police Department, If I do qualify for the
Police I believe that this internship will give me a huge head start.

Some experiences that I encountered were DWI'S, Assaults, Traffic Tickets, Domestic
Disputes, and going into the bars for ABC checks. The best Dwi I saw was when we pulled
over a twenty-nine year old Marine. The officer that I was with wanted to let him go but
couldn't because of the condition of the offender. So we cuffed him and brought him to the
station. While filling out the report for him we get a call about a kid who was struck at
a bar by another man. We asked if he wanted to press charges and he replied with a yes. We
went to his house and found out it was a twenty-five year-old who was majoring to be a
lawyer. The officer I was with that night knew this kid and thought very low of him
because of past incidents. Come to find out the twenty-nine year old we had in custody was
the one that had assaulted him earlier in the bar. We told him to come down in the morning
and sign to press charges. When we got back to the station the Officer I was with asked
him why he didn't hit him harder. It was way to make him laugh and relax. After that we
all got talking and it actually did calm him down and I learned that even though someone
committed a crime that it doesn't necessarily mean that person is a bad person.

When dealing with assaults I learned that no matter how much you agree with a person or
want to believe a person that you cant take sides. To me this was one of the major lessons
that I learned in this program. We were dispatched to a call at the Caboose for a fight.
When we arrived I saw two younger males and an older male fighting. Immediately I thought
that the two younger males were drinking and started a fight with this older man who was
walking down the street. To my mistake we found out that the two men were helping one of
their wives into the car who was intoxicated. She fell, the man who was walking down the
street was also intoxicated and thought that the two were harassing the female and started
hitting them thinking he was helping the female. We ended up arresting the older man with
assault and later he was discharged when his friend came in and paid his bail.

When pulling over vehicles I also learned a lot. I learned how to translate every letter
of the alphabet so we could tell the dispatcher the license plate, I learned how to fill
out the ticket itself and most importantly how to use my discretion on whether to give the
ticket or not to give the ticket to the offender. Most Officers at Gloversville have an
average of around a ticket a night. Some give one a week, and police in a very "watchman"
style of policing while some give a ticket to every offender they see and police in a very
legalistic manner.

The number one call that Gloversville gets dispatched to is Domestic Violence. Through the
hours that I have put in we were dispatched to twenty-two calls that dealt with Domestic
Violence. Ranging from husbands and wives to brothers and sisters every call was basically
the same thing. They have a fight and they abuse the police department to get back at each
other. To me this should not be dealt with by the police but by social workers. It takes
up the officer's time from him going to the call all the way to writing the report. Half
the time resulting in no outcome. We dealt with these people on a day to day bases. After
calling the Police so many times actually results in the Police not taking the call
seriously and making that call below any others. It's the Polices version of "The Little
Boy Who Cried Wolf". Through this internship I have had many experiences whether its going
eighty miles per hour through the city or just watching the police fill out their reports.
I have learned how to deal with many cases and will help me in my future career.

Many of the actions the Police took applied to the theories that I have learned in my
Criminal Justice classes. How to prioritize, using your discretion, unity of command and
the three styles of Policing were among many.

One of the most memorable calls I went on happened the fist night that I went out. We were
dispatched to a call of an elder lady who was missing her mailbox. Upon arrival the old
lady was unable to tell us information about her mailbox due to loss of her memory. The
officer and I went to her neighbor's house to question her about the ladies mailbox. When
she answered the door the smell of marijuana was present. Also was the ladies
three-year-old daughter. The officer confronted the lady of the smell and told her just to
tell the truth or else he would make a big deal of the situation. She then admitted to
smoking the marijuana. To my surprise the officer said the have the problem fixed for her
daughters sake. To me the Officer used his discretion very well. The lady lived in a nice
house, in a nice neighborhood and he said that she could afford a lawyer and get her out
of it any ways. If the officer had taken actions the daughter would have been token away
from her mother. This could impact the daughter's view of Police through out her whole
life. She might think of Police as bad guys who took her mother away from her.

Another theory that was applied to the police department was prioritizing calls, or
stacking calls. This theory states that the officer should put the most important calls
first and then respond to the lesser calls that don't need to be taken care of
immediately. One situation of this was where we got two calls within a five minute period.
One call was to a burglar alarm going off and the other was a stray dog that Price Chopper
had called in. The Officer and I immediately went to the alarm call first. After that we
wrote a few reports then after all that we went and picked up the dog.
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