American International Colleges criminal justice students went beyond textbook training to learn about police work on Tuesday.
One hundred and thirty AIC criminal justice students observed actual Springfield Police Department training tactics making a difficult arrest. When to effectively use pepper spray and when tasers are called for.
AIC Campus Police Captain David Standen spent 16-years as a Springfield Police officer, much of that time training recruits.
“This kind of shows what policing is, what cops do,” said Standen. “The stress just what it takes to be a good officer, properly trained officer.”
Criminal Justice Professor Jill McCarthy-Payne looked on as her students learned facets of police work, you won’t find in the college textbooks.
“I think it makes the textbook a little more interesting to read,” McCarthy-Payne told 22News. “The textbook isn’t always what’s going on in the field, so that’s important for them to understand.”
Many of students are studying for a career in law enforcement. Some bring a family background to their criminal justice studies.
“My brother is New York PD so I kind of know what they go through for people who don’t have the background, it’s good to see what’s going on,” said Adam Ricci, an AIC criminal justice student.
Officers who partner with police dogs also made an impression on the AIC students.
It’s all part of the realism program fostered by the school’s Criminal Justice Department and the AIC Law and Order Society, better known as the “Cop Club.”