Over at the IU Police Academy …

Guest post by Bailey Brand, public safety assistant for IU Public Safety

Cadets in the IU Police Academy spends six weeks learning in-depth information pertaining to criminal law from some of Monroe County’s current prosecutors. The criminal law course is divided among classroom instruction, prior and recent examples of case law, hands-on scenarios, and regularly administered quizzes. At the end of six weeks, cadets will take an intensive test, totaling 100 questions and covering the material presented.

Cadets performed some level of vehicle search during each their scenarios, only after explaining the type of search and the reason they would be perform the search. During these searches cadets located mock paraphernalia, “drugs,” and weapons.

Cadets performed some level of vehicle search during each of their scenarios, only after explaining the type of search and the reason they would be perform the search. During these searches cadets located mock paraphernalia, “drugs,” and weapons.

Topics covered include the definition and classification of crimes; the types of searches and their appropriate and legal uses; chain of custody; criminal proceedings; and the capacity of people who commit crimes. Cadets must also become familiar with the use of probable cause, the requirements of Miranda, arrest procedures, arrest and search warrants, and use of force applications, all while remembering their own criminal and civil liability as an officer. The value and importance of accuracy and articulation during the documentation process after incidents is continually reiterated during instruction.

Hands-on scenarios include staged incidents during which cadets are selected and must approach and handle based on legal precedent and their instruction. As cadets work through each scenario they must explain what actions they are choosing to take and why they are able to do so legally. The prosecutors and the academy instructors correct and inform cadets of the legally acceptable actions they should take and the potential implications of their actions during court proceedings.

IU’s Cadet Officer Program is thought to be the only one of its kind in the country. Full-time students on all of the campuses can apply and, if accepted, work part time as cadets for a year before going through the 14-week IU Police Academy held each summer.

If they graduate from the academy, which is one of six satellite academies of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, they become certified law enforcement officers in the State of Indiana and work part time on their campus as fully sworn IU police officers while completing their IU degree. Pictures and updates of the cadets’ experiences this summer are posted to the IU Police Academy on Facebook

IUPD is part of Public Safety and Institutional Assurance, which falls under the Office of the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs and the Office of the Vice President for IT and CIO.

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