It’s the end of an era. At least, it feels that way.
The Savage Police Department wrapped up the final evening of its citizens academy Oct. 12. It feels strange that I won’t be spending my next Thursday night at the department, learning about what it’s like to be a police officer in today’s society.
Thank you for following along during this six-week series as I break down what I learned in the academy. From the police department’s history, to how the detective branch works, to how to use a Taser and beyond, it was all covered in the academy. And yet, I feel that even though participants (about 20 of us in all) spent at least three hours a week at the academy, we only scratched the surface of all there is to know about police work in the city of Savage.
Week six, the final night, was full of information from the SWAT team and the Dakota County Drug Task Force.
The presentation from members of the Tri-City Response team, which includes a handful of officers from Savage, was fascinating. The team supports the Savage Police Department and any other law enforcement agency that needs a tactical response to critical incidents.
We learned that when the SWAT team first started, its focus was largely on drugs and now its main focus is terrorism and includes calls for armed suspects, hostages, riots, active shooters and search and rescue. While it varies how often the SWAT team is deployed (they all have primary jobs within their respective police departments), they usually average between five and eight calls every year. But they train regularly for those calls — at least 196 hours per year.
At the end of the