Yesterday, Tuesday, February 17, 2015, the Boston Police Department hosted students from Metro Lacrosse and Boston International High School. Throughout the day, high school juniors and seniors who have an interest in becoming a police officer or working in law enforcement visited a number of our facilities and learned what it takes to attend the Boston Police Academy and then work in various positions in the department.
The group began their day with a tour of the academy, where they participated in an abbreviated cross-fit workout and an open dialogue on current events involving officers with instructor Officer Eddie Crispin and Superintendent Lisa Holmes. The students then visited Mobile Operation Patrols base, where they handled the tools and equipment officers use on a daily basis, such as tactical trucks, ballistic shields and vests, and motorcycles. The tour was followed by a presentation by Officer Ramirez and his K9 partner. The students also had the rare opportunity to participate in scenario-based training with the Scenario Simulator, which included target practice and several “shoot or don’t shoot” scenarios that officers encounter on patrol.
Their last stop was at Police Headquarters, where the students were greeted and addressed by Chief William Gross and his staff. The Chief showed the group his office, where he spoke about a wide variety of topics such as gangs, peer pressure, violence, and building and maintaining relationships.