Guest post by Bailey Brand, public safety assistant, for IU Public Safety
The 2016 IU Police Academy kicked off on Monday by breaking records. This will be the first year that each of the eight Indiana University campuses has student representatives. It is the largest academy class with a whopping 42 cadets, and contains the largest number of women - 11 - a figure that grows each year as women continue to establish a presence in law enforcement.
The IU Police Academy, which graduated its first class in 1972, is one of six satellite academies of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield. Cadets who graduate from the IU Police Academy become certified law enforcement officers in the state of Indiana as well as sworn IUPD officers, allowing them to graduate from IU with a college degree, law enforcement certification and job experience. After graduating from the academy, the students return to their campus as part-time officers and to resume their academic studies full-time.
While criminal justice might seem like an obvious major for cadets at the academy – and many do major in this – it is not required and many cadets pursue other majors and minors. Other majors have included psychology, sociology, biology, history, business, international studies, public affairs, youth development, communications, and pre-law and pre-medical studies. Language majors and minors have included Spanish, Chinese, German, and Swahili.
When out of the classroom and out of uniform, extracurricular activities can include recreational sports such as volleyball, hockey, and IU’s Outdoor Adventures, an outdoor recreation program at IU Bloomington that provides training and experiences in environmental interaction. Cadets also focus on giving back to the IU community through participation in IU’s Dance Marathon, Young Professionals, student government such as IU Student Association Congress and the Department of Student Rights, and IU’s Greek organizations as members of fraternities and sororities.
The IU Police Academy regularly expands the contents of its classroom instruction and hands-on training to include the most up-to-date and accurate curriculum and training available in the field.
This year promises to continue the trend by increasing content on topics such as diversity, sexual assault, mental illness and firearms. The expansion in these topics does not reduce the content or the quality of the instruction in fundamental areas such as criminal law, hazardous materials, vehicle crash investigations, and search and seizure training. Cadets will also continue daily physical fitness, which includes Crossfit and swimming, to not only ensure their overall health and safety but the safety of individuals they assist and interact with.
As we did last year, we’ll follow the cadets through their training so that we can share some of their experiences through blogs, photographs, videos and interviews with the cadets and, the instructors teaching them. Like and follow our social media accounts for the latest: IU Police Academy Facebook, Protect IU Facebook, Protect IU Instagram, and Protect IU Twitter.
IUPD is part of Public Safety and Institutional Assurance, which falls under the Office of the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs and the Office of the Vice President for IT and CIO.