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Law Enforcement Instructor Shares Vision

Don Barber

As KACC's Law enforcement instructor, Mr. Barber does a great deal with his class.  His program is over the course of two school years, alternating between teaching students about traffic stops, patrol functions, investigation functions, report writing, fingerprinting, handcuffing and arrest procedures.  Students in his class are exposed to a wide variety of topics allowing them to get a lot of exposure to the policing profession. It is his hope this program will allow students a better perspective on continuing their education in Law Enforcement.

This program also has the most guest speakers and presenters who come to work with students.  It is Mr. Barber's belief these types of events will enhance the students' learning allowing them to hear from a wide variety of persons who remain actively on the job.

Some examples of speakers, events and certifications embedded in the curriculum are: 

Teen Court-Mock Trials Disaster Drills County Court House Tour
Police Officer Visits Tours of Police Departments and Jails Coroner Presentation
Handcuffing Certification CPR / first Aide Certification


  Self Defense Awareness  

Mr. Barber recently  shared his thoughts about the curriculum presented to our students. 

Mr. Barber,in his short time here at KACC, is already building the  Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice curriculum upon the foundations as developed by Ms. Krizik and Jon Sandusky, our two former instructors.  Mr. Barber recently shared his thoughts about the curriculum........

The KACC Law Enforcement vocational training, I believe, is intended to provide young adults with an educational and practical orientation into the law enforcement profession.  In order for my students to have the type of quality experience allowing them to better understand and appreciate the law enforcement profession and facilitate their acceptance by police department personnel, it's essential they undergo some form of a reality-based training program followed by periodic in-service training sessions.

Moving to a reality based learning environment provides a broader exposure to all aspects of the job within law enforcement.  Experiences are really unlimited.  We will include practical exercises and simulated scenarios such as building searches, traffic stops, shoot or don't shoot decision scenarios and, reality based report writing skills.The goal in this is to development cognitive reasoning skills and most of all, hook and engage the students by first hearing the principles and then, seeing the principles in play and finally, doing.  I believe this enhancement in training is a crucial element in giving the student a better tool to succeed in intelligent decision making on his/her future career choice.

The law enforcement profession in general, not only calls one to service,  it often involves spontaneous situations requiring an aggressive and risk-inherent response.  Just as likely, one might find a seemingly mundane patrol procedure or call for service escalate into a situation requiring the same type of response.  Reality based training will enforce this mindset - teaching student that this is a serious occupation and that police are tasked with great responsibility, but must  also be able to articulate and reason for their actions.

It is the position of learning, from this teacher's view, that all training for students have a reasonable career related or educational learning objective and that it be conducted in a properly supervised and safe environment.  All training, practical exercises and simulated scenarios always will be presented in a manner which reinforces the rule of law, principals of democracy and a respect for cultural, religious, ethnic and lifestyle diversity.

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