2018-01-05 / In the Know

Officers graduate from justice academy

By David Grover Special to the Leader

On Friday, Dec. 15, patrol officers Lydia Ruetty and Isaiah Jones graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s basic law enforcement training program.

This very intensive program, originally established in 1972, is required of all sworn police officers where candidates must meet minimum physical and academic standards to graduate.

Over 18 weeks Officers Ruetty and Jones lived at the academy and were immersed in a curriculum that includes a section on professional development with courses including principles of law enforcement, the criminal justice system, civil rights, police ethics, moral issues and discretion and cultural diversity.

The next section deals with the law and a wide range of legal issues, followed by a communications section where they study interviewing techniques and skills, stress management, interpersonal communications/relations, crisis conflict management and critical incident stress debriefing.

The traffic section includes traffic direction and control, OUI and field sobriety testing, crash investigation and others.

During the investigations segment they learn about handling evidence, securing and processing crime scenes, surveillance, child abuse, domestic abuse, sex offenses and many other topics.

The patrol section provides hands-on skills regarding traffic stops, roadblocks, high risk stops and more. The officers also get certified in firearms, emergency vehicle operations, mechanics of arrest and restraint control, fingerprinting and a wide-range of other skills. In short, this 18 week academy prepares an officer for almost anything they are likely to encounter on the job.

Officer Ruetty graduated from Towson University, in Towson, Maryland, in May of 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology with a concentration in criminal justice.

While working toward earning her degree, she interned with the Maine State Police and job shadowed at the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department.

Those opportunities gave her firsthand experience in law enforcement and made her want to become a police officer. Additionally, Ruetty has worked as a summer camp counselor and has retail experience. She also worked as a seasonal reserve police officer for our department since June of 2016

As a reserve officer, she worked closely with our beachfront communities, enforced traffic and parking control and helped to maintain the peace and security of the community.

Officer Jones graduated from the University of Maine in May of 2016, with a Bachelor of Science in abnormal psychology and a minor in child development and family relations.

Jones also joined our police department as a reserve officer in June of 2017. While attending the University of Maine in Orono, he worked part time as a carpenter and painter for Green Construction. Jones also worked as a student football coach and participated in Strong Mind – Strong Body, Inc., a student philanthropic organization that strives to improve the quality of life for youth and displaced adults through wellness and nutrition programs. Additionally, Jones has experience in retail and customer service.

Congratulations to officers Ruetty and Jones on this significant milestone in their professional development. We are confident they will have long and productive careers with the Scarborough Police Department.

If you have any questions about this article or any police department issues you may contact me at dgrover@scarboroughmaine.org or 730-4203.

David Grover is deputy chief for the Scarborough Police Department.

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