Osceola (Florida) Sheriff's Crimeline and E911

This is my second week at the "police" academy. We tour the Communication Center where 911 calls are taken. Yes, it's accessible to the Deaf that uses videophones (VP) and here is a word of advice if you uses a cell phone, leave your GPS on and stay where you are so that the emergency crews (police or fire) can locate you within minutes. Also be sure that your VRS providers has the correct addresses of where you live. Deaf often forget to update their VRS profile when they moved and it may be a matter of life or death if the dispatchers send them to your old addresses instead. They are training eight new dispatchers this week and will hire more after adding new equipment.

We also learn about their Crimeline program where you can leave a tip and may get a reward if it result in an arrest. One tip lead to an arrest of 72 suspects. Most tips are related to drug dealing in our neighborhoods.  We also discuss the new Speakout program where children stand up to bullying in public schools.
In class they shown us a videotape of robbers trying to break into a store, obviously they didn't succeeded in their attempts:


Osceola (Florida) Sheriff's K-9 and Intelligence Unit

This is Kaos, the son of Bones, A German Shepherd, and takes commands in German as he was trained in Germany. He is trained to locate bodies. He can smell a scent 1/4 mile. The first class of basic citizen academy is about their K-9 unit. Also we discuss about their intelligence unit, discussions includes terrorism. The academy is sponsored by the Osceola County (Florida) Sheriff Department and the classes are nine weeks. It requires background checks and an application to join the program, you will also need to sign a waiver to participate in the shooting range and to ride in a patrol car. Everyone in class is required to wear an uniform and a nametag. There are two ASL interpreters. The class is free to anyone over age of 18 living in the county. Each classes are three hours every Monday nights. Everything is hands on, not just lectures. Yes, the K-9 unit officers uses hand signals. Yes, there is an unit that deals with crimes against tourists. Officers will answer any questions you may have during the course. It was raining outside so the K-9 demonstration was done indoor. There was an interesting PowerPoint (PP) presentations on terrorism which describes the characteristic of terrorists from planning to dry runs. I think those PP ought to be printed as handouts. We had one incident here where an FBI shot and killed a suspect that is linked to the Boston bombing, so don't assume that it will never happen here. We will visit the Communication Center next week where 911 calls are taken. Will keep you posted on what's happening around here.