The Titusville Police Department’s Training Section hosted the Brevard Community College Institute of Public Safety’s “Auxiliary Law Enforcement” Academy. This is the first successful Auxiliary Academy held by BCC.
The Auxiliary Academy is designed to provide the minimal training necessary to serve in law enforcement. The two hundred and seventy-nine hours of instruction concentrated on the most crucial law enforcement training such as firearms, use of force, and criminal law. “I was particularly impressed with the individuals in this class, said Marian Shelpman, Associate Provost, Brevard Community College. “Despite them all having full-time jobs and families at home, they each showed exceptional dedication during the intensive hours of training” Shelpman added. The training ran on nights and weekends from September to January.
The class graduated in a ceremony at Titusville police headquarters on January 14th. “We were very proud to host these classes at our facility”, said Chief Tony Bollinger. “Three City employees received valuable training at a substantial cost savings”, Bollinger added.
Auxiliary Academy graduates (from left) Laitham Kellum, Ryan Duckworth, Michele Glover, Chad Lindquist, Guy Wine, and Brook Smith (Smith is growing his hair out for a children's charity)
By partnering with BCC and providing the facility, the Titusville students did not have to pay the tuition cost for these accredited classes –at a savings of approximately $3000.00. Along with Titusville, Officers from, Palm Bay, Cocoa, and Brevard Sheriff’s Office provided the qualified instructors.
Unlike full-time or “Reserve” police officers, who have to complete an average of 720 hours of training and can patrol on their own, auxiliary officers receive less training and can only serve under the direct supervision of a fully trained officer. In Titusville’s case, he Auxiliary Training is exactly what they needed for the SWAT medics.
Chad Lindquist and Brooke Smith, who are both full-time firefighters/paramedics with the City of Titusville, were brought on board recently to serve additionally on the police SWAT team. Titusville Police recognized the value of having medics on the team during any SWAT operation because of the potential for injuries. It also avoids the police from having to call out on-duty fire personnel and apparatus to “stand by” during every SWAT operation –a practice necessary without Medics on the team.
The Graduates, who also earned 13 credits from BCC for the class, included:
ChadLindquist and Brook Smith of Titusville Fire; Michele Glover, Titusville Police Victim Advocate; Ryan Duckworth, Guy Wine, and Laitham Kellum from Cocoa Beach Fire.
The Titusville Police Department’s Training Facility is also a recognized training sight for Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), and the FBI’s Leadership Development.