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Posted to Positives within Your City by Michael Churchill
Ever since I was a little kid I dreamt of becoming a Police Officer. When I first came to Colorado, I was amazed by the mountains, the way of life and the kindness of its people. As life took its turn, I came to live in the town of Rifle; As years flew by I stayed local until it was my time to serve my country in the U.S Marine Corps. Now, as my Four-Year enlistment comes to an end, I would be honored to come back and serve and protect the property and lives of both citizens and guest of Rifle Colorado.
Even before I left for my service, I knew, Rifle would be the town I would come back to and raise a family. Coming back to Rifle and seeing how fast it is growing and all the changes that come with a growing town, it is tough to see that drugs, theft and crime is also growing. Giving back to this community and having an impact on the positive changes will be a great satisfaction. Knowing that the community feels safe and protected when they see us patrolling the town and responding to their calls for assistance.
It would be an honor not only to be a part of this community, but also to be part of the great men and women that protect it. I am excited to have the opportunity to serve with helpful, knowledgeable and experienced officers; This will help me learn and grow as a person and as a police officer. Serving along with team oriented officers, that are doing everything in their hands to promote the peace, safety and the well-being of the Rifle community is what encourages me to be part of the Rifle Police Department. The Rifle Police Department offers many opportunities for me to continue to learn and progress professionally.
The experience I have gained while serving my country has given me the confidence I needed to become a police officer. It helped me to mature so much more and acquire skills such as; leadership, personnel management, decision making and critical thinking under stressful situations. I also possess an extensive knowledge of ground patrolling, security, surveillance, data collection, marksmanship and detainee handling. Skills that will help me better serve and protect the citizens of this city. While I was in the service I traveled to many countries and different parts of the United States. It was then that I saw that our presence makes people feel safe and protected.
Coming back to Rifle Colorado, I look forward to working for the Police Department, helping the men and women of this great department serve and protect this community. Knowing that the citizens of Rifle feel safe when they see us patrolling, assisting, interacting, and responding to their calls for assistance is a great satisfaction. Same satisfaction I had when I served and deployed with the U.S Marine Corps. I am excited to get a chance to work along the great man and women of this Department and have an impact on the positive change of this town.
Posted to Rifle Rapport/CT articles by Michael Churchill
The April 17th meeting of the Rifle City Council was awash in blue as many members of the Rifle Police Department were present to show their support for the 13 graduates of the most recent Citizen Academy. The class was composed of a wide range of citizens from high school students to retirees.
Chief Tommy Klein and Sgt. Kirk Wilson presented each graduate with a plaque and a certificate and thanked them for taking the time to learn more about police operations. One graduate, Jonathan Faustino, has plans to go into the Marine Corp and subsequently pursue a career in law enforcement. Chief Klein honored Faustino with a Rifle Police Department Challenge Coin which is ordinarily reserved for fellow police officers.
The RPD Citizen Academy is 2 hours per week for 8 weeks plus 4 hours one Saturday morning. The curriculum encompasses all aspects of law enforcement. For this session, numerous RPD officers, as well as Chief Michael Kite from Silt, helped teach the courses.
“Every class was interactive,” explained Sgt. Wilson who organized this term’s program. “Students got to see how heavy protective vests are, make shoe print castings and even climb into the BearCat SWAT vehicle.”
The sessions give students an excellent opportunity to experience numerous aspects of what it takes to be an officer. Topics included evidence collection, utilizing canines, investigations and mental health issues. Participants got hands-on time doing such things as making shoe impression castings and dusting for fingerprints.
“I think the most important section was the use of force because of the modern imagery permeating media,” commented Sgt. Wilson. Students were placed in three different scenarios and were firing plastic ink bullets to simulate real-life situations. The stress of split-second decision making can’t be taught in a classroom.
If you missed this class and are interested in any aspect of the Rifle Police Department, two more sessions are in the works for 2019. The program is proving to be quite successful and the RPD actually has one officer, Shelby McNeal, who completed the program before applying to become an officer. The department is hoping to have one session in Spanish or possibly bilingual this summer followed by another one in English in the fall.
For information on the Spanish class, please call Sgt. Carlos Cornejo at 970-665-6500. For the English classes, contact Sgt. Wilson at the same number.
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