Medina Journal-Register — The Security and Law Enforcement students at the Niagara Career and Technical Center in Sanborn took a field trip to the New York State Police Troop A Headquarters in Batavia.
Trooper Jeffrey Bebak talked to the students about employment requirements with the NYS Police. Appointees must successfully complete a six-month residential-training at the NYS Police Academy in Albany, and the subsequent field training program. Prior to moving on the appointees must pass the police exam, an agility test, as well as a background check and polygraph exam. Other requirements are that they be of good moral character, have a NYS driver’s license and be able to work rotating shifts just to name a few.
The 4,500 member police force is frequently undergoing training to maintain the members’ skills. BOCES teacher Cal Rhoney said, “The students were very fortunate to be allowed to witness Tazer training and role playing by three troopers under the supervision of a defensive tactics instructor. The scenario was a reported domestic altercation. The responding troopers, a four year trooper and a 30-year veteran trooper who had never worked together, were required to respond to the domestic and take appropriate action. Due to the aggressive non-compliant actions of the male involved in the domestic the troopers were required to use their Tazer to get the combatant under control and handcuffed. Following the ‘arrest’ the instructor critiqued the performance of the two troopers from start to finish.”
Security and Law Enforcement teachers Rhoney and Bill Taczak said, “The NYS Police always give us a good tour, but today by happenstance just by being there at a time when they were doing on-the-job training of working police officers and they allowed us in to observe it was over the top. Except for Tazeing someone we do the exact same thing in our classroom during training and competition. For students to see that their training is the same as one of the finest police forces in the country is an opportunity we don’t often get.”