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Learning the ropes Officers and deputies undergo training to prepare them for work By PETER KASPARI

When a new police officer or sheriff’s deputy is hired, it’s expected that they will eventually go out on patrol on their own to help protect and serve their community. But they don’t go out on the road immediately upon their hiring. Instead, they first need to be trained to be a law enforcement officer. Where that training begins depends on how experienced that officer is in terms of law enforcement. Both Fort Dodge Police Chief Kevin Doty and Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs said all their new hires must first attend the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Johnston to become a certified peace officer. Doty said training at the ILEA is about 14 weeks and consists of around 520 training hours. But in both departments, if the new hire is already a certified law enforcement officer, then they begin their field training. All officers, regardless of their certification, need to participate in department-specific training. Doty said the Fort Dodge Police Department has a

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Fort DoDge Police oFFicer Matt Webb, at left, watches, as Officer Matt Weir, right, demonstrates a traffic stop recently in downtown Fort Dodge. New officers, such as Weir, work with a veteran officer for several months as part of their training with the department. field officer training program that has changed a bit over the years. “We used to have it be a number of weeks and it was about 10 weeks or so,” he

said. “Now it’s chapters.” Each officer has a number of chapters they have to go through in their training. Those chapters contain information ranging from

how to log into the computer system and fill out their time cards, to how to conduct field sobriety tests on suspected intoxicated drivers.

In addition to the chap- “ghost officer.” ters the officers have to go “The training officer is through, Doty said the new in the car, but you’re operhires also ride along with a ating the car as a one-offifield training officer, who the chief described as a See TRAINING, Page 3C

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need to make reports on these new officers. How they’re doing, how they’re progressing. If there’s areas they need more training on, they need to be able to identify them and articulate them.” Sgt. Ryan Gruenberg oversees the department’s field training officer program. For the Webster County Sheriff’s Department, Stubbs said his deputies also go through training, but unlike the Police Department, there’s not a formal training program. “It’s somewhat the same, but it’s an informal program because a new deputy spends a lot of time with a current deputy on a few different shifts to familiarize themselves with the county itself, the geography of the county, where things are at and also to familiarize themselves with the way that we as the Webster County sheriff’s office perform our duties and what those duties are,” Stubbs said. The Sheriff’s Department’s duties are a little more broad than a city police department’s, according to Stubbs. “We have the civil aspect, for one,” he said. “We handle all the civil papers and we have contract towns that we provide service to. Things of that

nature they need to have an understanding of.” Stubbs said, for a new deputy, it can be tricky trying to figure out where everything in the county is. “It’s a little different than being in town,” he said. “MACH (Mobile Architecture for Communications Handling, a mapping and chat software for officers) helps with that, but it still takes a little while to get used to the 911 addresses and where you’re going.” Much like the Police Department’s field training, Stubbs said there’s not a set time deputies need to spend in the field. “It’s when the deputies that they have rode with or worked with feel they are at that point where they can proceed on their own,” Stubbs said. But once deputies and officers complete their field training, that doesn’t mean they are finished and will never learn skills ever again. Stubbs said it’s a continuing process. “Then we have ongoing training, too, but that’s not part of the initial hire,” he said. Doty agreed. “I think, probably, most new officers will tell you it’s probably a year before they really are to the point that they’ve got it all

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Fort DoDge Police oFFicer Matt Webb, at left, helps Officer Matt Weir, right, fill out a report on the onboard computer in their squad car. Newly hired officers, such as Weir, work with a veteran officer for several months as part of their training. down,” he said. Doty added that his department, like the Sheriff’s Department, also has ongoing training for officers.

“We try to send officers to trainings that will help their skill set improve,” he said. “That could be interview interrogation school, could be field sobriety

testing. Some of the things will help them be a better office and give better service to our community.”



cer car,” he said. “The ghost officer is there to really observe you and what you’re doing and grade you on how well you’re doing.” How long the officer spends in training is dependent on how they are progressing and developing their skills as an officer. As an example, Doty said an officer who has done work as a reserve police officer might get through the training quicker than someone who has never had a job in law enforcement. On average, Doty said field training for officers can take up to 10 weeks to complete. “It just depends on what they get exposed to and how much they know prior to coming on,” he said. The field training officers also play a major role in making sure the new officers get trained properly. Being a field training officer is voluntary, according to Doty. “We want officers that are doing things correctly and don’t mind having that new officer ask them 101 questions and be able to explain to them what they’re doing and why they’re doing it the way they’re doing it,” he said. “The field training officers

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roger Porter assistant chief 21 years

robert tHoDe captain 35 years

QUiNtiN NelSoN captain 29 years

DeNNiS MerNKa lieutenant 30 years

Matt WilSoN lieutenant 20 years

Joe bateS lieutenant 18 years

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leigHtoN WalKer Patrol officer 8 years

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KeViN KrUSe lieutenant 26 years

JaYSoN HeeScH Sergeant 28 years

lUKe FleeNer Sergeant 22 years

toNY Walter Sergeant 13 years

JaSoN baHr Detective 19 years

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KeViN MillS trooper 32 years

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In action Local law enforcement serves and protects in many ways

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clocKWiSe FroM toP ceNter: Fort DoDge Police oFFicer Paul Samuelson, left, and Officer Troy Kleppe, work with K9 Abram on some of his training.

ioWa State Patrol trooPer Neil Morenz searches a vehicle’s trunk for evidence following a chase. Trooper Paul Gardner, at left, takes notes. WebSter coUNtY SHeriFF’S DePUtY Amy Stringer gives Diamond Altman, 8, of Fort Dodge, a helping hand at Santa Cops.

WebSter coUNtY SPecial Emergency Response Team officers Troy Kleppe, left, and Nicholas Ruggles, take part in a drill. DetectiVe ZacH StaNleY, left, and Officer Chris Weiland work to catch a suspect.

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