Asia C.

January 7th – January 14th (3.58 hours) –  One meaningful experience I recently had in the internship program was learning something new through data entry. My mentor, Jack Woolridge, had given me a new assignment where I had to try and find the case numbers connected to the correct cases. I was given the dates of cases and from there, I had to type in a date before the case occurred; as well as the date after. I also had to look for other variables such as video footage, the officer assigned, and the offense number. Instead of being given the case number, I learned how to work my way backwards and start with the date and try to narrow it down to a specific case. This will help me grow in the career field because if given a situation similar to this one, I will know how to handle it.

A technical skill I have developed from my internship are analytical skills. Analytical skills refer to the ability of collecting and analyzing information, as well as problem-solving and making decisions. I developed this skill by having the basic routine of coming in and getting started on data entry. My mentor guided me throughout the data entry process in the beginning by showing me how to get started. From there, I would try to remember everything he had done and test myself to see if I remembered how to pull up the highway robberies. I can continue to improve this skill by not only entering data but also presenting my input on how I would handle the case.

This skill will benefit me in college because data is not just analyzed in law enforcement. In class, data is always analyzed whether it be in a science based class or an elective. Analyzing data will always help you in reaching your end goal and solving the problem. As for my career, if I do pursue a position in the law enforcement field then this skill will be very useful. When given a case, the first thing you must do is analyze the case. It is almost impossible to move on to the next step in the process without analyzing the case.

The detectives and I had been discussing a case deciding whether it was considered a robbery or theft. A robbery is the action of taking property unlawfully from a person by force. While a theft is the crime of stealing, without force being applied.

January 15th – January 28th (9.67 hours) –  One meaningful experience I have had recently in the internship program is being able to join Detective Heating in an interview with a victim. As we were getting ready for the interview, we were also expecting to do a photo lineup but did not. I was very intrigued to be able to join in because it was a very different experience. Instead of reading interviews through data entry, I got to be present during an actual interview. What I have learned from this experience is if the victim is unsure of the suspect’s appearance, do not show the photo lineup. This is very important because you could have so much solid evidence on one suspect but if the victim were to pick another suspect, the lineup could hurt the case severely.

After the interview, one of the other detectives was explaining how doing the photo lineup could hurt the case. While he was talking about photo lineups, he brought up a “6-pack”. A 6-pack is when one potential suspect and five similar fillers are presented on the same piece of paper.

January 29th – February 11th (11.83 hours) –  One meaningful experience I have had in the internship program was completing my first SMART goal. In completing my goal, I had to use both my analytical and communication skills to achieve it. I was very nervous to present to the detectives what I had come up with because I had never presented in front of a professional audience like that. One thing I learned from this experience was to read every supplement that is given. I had made the mistake of not reading a supplement and because of that, I had missed a piece of information that was very crucial to the case. This experience will help me grow because I will need to do very similar tasks when I pursue this career in the future.

As a current intern at the Tucson Police Department, I am given tasks that may include more analytical work and other times, the robbery unit will need my excellent communication skills. As a part of my first SMART goal, I decided to combine two necessary skills that would serve as a helping hand in achieving it. For my first SMART goal, my mentor and I decided that while doing analytical work, I would determine what could be done to further the investigation from a detective’s perspective. In addition, I would also present my recommendations of the case to the detectives. My mentor and I decided this would be a perfect goal because it met all the criteria for a SMART goal. This goal also serves the purpose of preparing me for the future because this will be one of the many tasks I will have to complete when entering this career field. In the process of achieving my goal, the first thing I had to do was read through a case and every detective’s supplement on it. When I finished reading, I would enter regular data onto the document which consisted of the suspect(s) description, the M.O., etc. As I was wrapping up with the data entry, I would start typing up my input and what I would do if I was assigned to the case. I had to include many things such as forensics, witnesses (if any), and surveillance footage. After I had finished my summary on the case, I would wait to present my recommendations to the robbery unit. When the day of my presentation came, I would gather the detectives around my desk and discuss everything I had found and what I would do to further the investigation.
A hurdle I did encounter while achieving this goal was that I had left a lot of important information out of my summary. My first time presenting was a great experience but as all first times go, it was definitely a learning one. When I was done presenting all the recommendations I had come up with, I did open the floor up to any questions/feedback from the detectives and my mentor. The assigned detective of the case I had presented, Detective Pollos, had told me that I had been missing some crucial information that was in a supplement that I had not read. Shortly after I had finished presenting, Detective Pollos sat with me for a while and gave me some advice that would be very beneficial for when I present again. Overall, the best part of achieving my SMART goal was getting feedback from the detectives. It was my very first time completing an assignment like this so the feedback was extremely helpful. This goal will benefit me in the future because the task I had to complete is something detectives do on a daily basis. The feedback was very necessary because I had left out a lot of important things. It is very crucial to read every supplement about the case because I did miss a piece of evidence from making that mistake which would have just made more useless work for me. This experience will also benefit me in the future because detectives have to speak in front of judges all the time so I got to experience how it feels to speak in front of a professional audience.

One vocabulary word I learned at my internship site was “buccal swabs.” I was going through the forensics of a case and had seen that buccal swabs were taken of the victim. A buccal swab is a way to collect DNA from the cells on the inside of a person’s cheek.

February 12th – February 25th (7 hours) –  One meaningful experience I have recently had at my internship site was being able to do something different from data entry. Detective Hearne has assigned me to listen to three jail calls. The three jail calls had all been dialed from the same prisoner. And in completing this assignment, I was to look out for any sign of him admitting to the crime. I was very excited to complete this assignment because I have never listened to jail calls. I grew from this experience because I was able to do something, I will most likely be doing in my future career, a lot.

One vocabulary word I learned at my internship site was “alleged.” I was discussing with one of the detectives about the jail calls and the reason I had to look out for a sign of guiltiness was because he was “allegedly” part of the crime. Alleged means doubtful or suspect.

February 26th – March 11th (8 hours) –  One meaningful experience I have recently had in the internship program was being able to witness an arrest first-hand. My mentor and a couple other officers had come up with a ruse at first to see if the suspect would run. He ended up not falling for it so law enforcement had just knocked on the apartment door and arrested him from there. During this experience, I felt very anxious but I was very grateful to be able to experience something like this. I learned from this experience that many people may lie to save themselves. I also learned that it is very crucial to be ready for anything.

During the duration of my time interning at the Tucson Police Department Downtown, I have had the chance to be involved in many field experiences. For my second SMART goal, I decided to participate in a ride along with a unit I have not gotten the chance to work with. My mentor and I came to the conclusion that my second SMART goal should revolve around the concept of an overall field experience, preferably one with a new unit. My mentor and I decided this would be a perfect SMART goal because I am able to work alongside new law enforcement officers. This goal also provides insight and experience within the K-9 unit and demonstrates the similarities and differences between the two. As I accomplished this goal, I realized it would be very helpful in the future because since I am looking to go into the tactical route in law enforcement, it reveals the reality of what officers go through on a daily basis.

In the process of achieving this goal, my mentor and I had to first get in contact with the K-9 unit. After we got in contact with a officer within the unit, we immediately scheduled a ride along date that would work for the both of us. As the date approached, I met my mentor for the night, Barrie Pedersen. Barrie and I had got to assist in a few scenes that night, one being an auto theft case in which we were tracking down a stolen car and eventually caught the perpetrator. Throughout the ten hour ride along, we drove around the whole time and never once went back to the office. Barrie had told me that since there were only two K-9 officers that night, it was very crucial we were available and responded to level one calls. The best part of achieving my SMART goal was being able to experience the hours K-9 unit officers have to take and getting first-hand insight on what it feels like to be out. This was the very first ten hour ride along I had ever done and I was very satisfied with my experience. During the auto theft call, we were chasing down the suspect on the highway and I got to experience what it felt like to be in an actual car chase. During this experience, I had nothing but adrenaline flowing through my body and I was very intrigued with how the call played out. A hurdle I did encounter while accomplishing my SMART goal was that I was not able to go out of the car since I was a civilian. In the auto theft call, the suspect ended up ditching the car and was on-foot. During their search for the suspect, I was told to stay in the car because I was a juvenile and he did not want anything bad to happen to me.
This goal will benefit me in the future because as I said before, I do want to go the tactical route so I got to experience what it felt like to take on several calls in a row. I also got to experience what it felt like to work the hours a K-9 unit officer works which was a ten hour shift, seven PM to four AM. Some helpful advice I will keep in mind is that when joining the police force, everyone first has to become a patrol officer. After that, there are so many units one can go into, each providing a different experience.

One vocabulary word I learned at my internship site was the word “cold plating.” While I was out on the ride along with the K-9 unit, my mentor had told me that on the auto theft call, the suspect had done cold plating sometimes. Cold plating means that one will take the license plate off of another car and replace it with the stolen car’s plate.

March 12th – March 25th (21 hours) –  One meaningful experience I have had in the internship program was being able to participate in a ride along with the K-9 unit. I was very ecstatic to be able to go on another ride along, let alone with the K-9 unit. Going into this ride along, I got to experience how it felt to take on a 10 hour shift and also how it felt to be constantly driving in the car listening for calls. From this experience, I learned that it is very crucial to listen to the calls. There are three levels of calls, leveled by the severity of the scene. Level one calls are always first priority and this constant ringing over the radio indicates a level one.

A vocabulary word I learned while at my internship was ‘motion hearings.’ While talking to Detective Hearne, he had told me how he attended two motion hearings that day. A motion hearing is a hearing on a request asking a judge to issue a ruling or order on a legal matter.

March 26th – April 8th (1 hour) – One meaningful experience I have recently had in the internship program was being able to visit the federal courts with some of the detectives. I was very excited to visit the federal courts because I have never had the chance to. It does not happen everyday that one can visit a federal court so I definitely took advantage of the opportunity. The reason for visiting the federal courts were because some of the detectives had federal attorney interviews. Unfortunately, I was unable to join in them but I was very grateful to meet some of the interviewers. I believe that this experience will help me grow because if I ever need to head to the federal courts, I know what expectations are needed when entering and I know where they are located.

I will admit that this internship has taught me many things about myself that I never knew I had. Going into this internship, I was very nervous especially since I was going in knowing no one. Through this internship, I definitely would say that I created professional friendships. The detectives and I created a bond that I never knew could happen and I am very happy I am comfortable around them all. Another thing this internship taught me is that it is very crucial to read and write down every single thing you witness. When completing my first SMART goal, the first mistake I made was not reading all the supplements which were very crucial to my results.
Some recommendations I would leave incoming seniors going into this program is to get a planner, if you haven’t. I never used planner before this year and I can definitely say that it has made school a bit easier especially the internship program. Another thing I would recommend is to plan out your schedule with your mentor before hand. A mistake I had made is not having a specific schedule in the beginning of the year which lead to a lot of communicating with my mentor about which days I would be coming in. My last tip I would leave incoming seniors is to always cherish everyday. This internship flew by so fast and I am just very grateful I had the mentor and professional coworkers I had. This internship taught me a lot of things I didn’t know about my future career field, I also got to experience things I never thought I would have and met such amazing officers.

One vocabulary word I learned at my internship site was “jury.” Although I have heard this word a lot, Detective Hearne was nice enough to go into detail about how a jury is selected. The word “jury” is a body of people sworn to give a verdict in a legal case on the basis of evidence submitted to them in court.

April 9th – April 22nd (0 hours) – One meaningful experience I got to experience recently in my internship program was being able to be a part of and witness how a unit changes throughout time. Although I did not earn hours for the past two weeks, I did still go in and talk with the detectives just to catch up and all. While I visited, I noticed many new detectives that had recently joined the robbery unit. Now, not all units change this drastically but it was very bittersweet seeing how much it had changed. It is very different working with new detectives because you got to reintroduce yourself and start from the beginning. I have created such a strong bond with the robbery unit that I will forever cherish.

One vocabulary word I learned at my internship was “issuing appointment.” As I was catching up with Detective Hearne, he had told me how he was attending an issuing appointment that day. An issuing appointment is an appointment set by two law enforcement officials to issue a case.

July 20th – August 13th (9.02 hours) – One meaningful experience I have had so far in the internship program was my first day of interning. My mentor had first introduced me to all of his detectives in the robbery unit and they radiated nothing but positive and dedicated energy. The detectives had automatically started filling me in and showing me how to perform certain procedures. Then when I was taken on a tour around the police station, I was greeted with smiles by everyone I met. I felt very comfortable and welcomed when I first stepped in to the time I left. This showed me how close everyone was in the community even if they were outside specific units. I learned that in a working environment like that, it is very important to connect with everyone because teamwork is very crucial especially in the law enforcement field.

One thing I hope to learn from my mentor is more knowledge of the field. As of right now, I have learned a few things such as how to snip a picture from video footage. There is so much more to be taught in my chosen career field and I am very ecstatic for future shadowing. One thing I hope to learn from Mrs. Wahl is how to be confident and openly discuss ideas. I can be very hesitant when I am asked to say my opinion because I think my opinion is wrong. Learning both of these skills will improve my excellence in the professional field.

One thing I have learned about myself as a student is that it is very wise to keep yourself organized and to manage your time well. This year I decided to purchase a planner and I can say that by making this decision, I have become more responsible with keeping up with due dates and getting assignments turned in on time. I also decided to take an AP class this year which means the classroom works at a very fast pace so balancing both the internship and an AP class plus all my other classes has been a bit challenging but I have now learned how to manage time more wisely. As a professional I have learned that it is very important to be familiar with everyone in the building. As I was taken on a tour around the police station, the detective had known everyone we came across and was very friendly. This could be beneficial because someday you might need help with something and knowing who to contact could be very convenient.

August 14th – August 27th (9.22 hours) – One meaningful experience I had in the internship program was I got to go on a search warrant with the robbery unit. As soon as I got to the station, my mentor asked if I would like to go on a search warrant with him and his unit. I was very excited to go on my very first search warrant and learn more about them. The unit had taught me many things when we were out such as never leave your gloves at the scene because people could use them for your DNA. I was also told that pictures of each part of the house were taken before the search warrant began and I got to see what a search warrant form looked like. This specific moment will help me grow in my career field because now I have more knowledge about search warrants than I had before I started my internship.

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August 28th – September 10th (7.4 hours) – One meaningful experience I have had in the internship is when I talked with one of the Records employees about how important it is to not discuss classified information. When working in the law enforcement career, it is very crucial to not share classified information. Sharing information this secretive will result in consequences such as losing your job. Entering this career field, you are faced with many different situations which can mess with your head. You must be mentally prepared when going out in the field because you have no clue what you will encounter. From this experience, I will grow from it because sometimes there are just some things you may never be able to talk about.

The law enforcement field can become very intense so letting loose keeps the mind very stable. The behavior I have witnessed at my internship site from my coworkers is a variety. My coworkers are able to be serious and get work done to benefit the community. They also have a laid back side and will joke and kid around with each other. Not only do I observe this type of behavior from my coworkers but everyone in the station. From everything I have observed, I believe the appropriate behavior at my site is to be able to joke around but also get work done when it is needed.

I do believe that this type of behavior and energy does fit my personality. When at the site, I am able to joke around with my coworkers but also get right to work when it is necessary. With the help of this internship, I have also become more social and communicative which becomes very helpful in the professional field. I do believe though that I still have to work on my speaking skills. If I were to be brought up in a meeting or a huge crowd gathering and had to speak in front of everyone, I feel like I would be very shy and quiet. I do hope that by the end of this experience to nail down that skill.

The term “supplement” is a word I come across routinely when entering data from cases into the system. Supplement is a report written by an officer about a case discussing what happened at the scene, who was there, etc. There is no limitation to how many supplements can be written on a case. Whenever an officer is given a case, it is very necessary they write a supplement report.

September 11th – September 24th (8.82 hours) – One meaningful experience I have recently had in the internship program was the day my site visit occurred. It felt very good to take initiative and have the privilege to show Mrs. Polivchak around. I also really liked how I got the chance to introduce her to the people I work alongside every week, my coworkers. What I learned from this experience is that although I have some strengths, I also have weaknesses that will take some time to improve. I also learned that I work aside such amazing people that bring nothing but laughter, positive energy and determination. I will grow from this experience knowing that not having a serious work area all the time will help me achieve and stay sane in this career field.

I was doing data entry in a separate document for highway robberies ranging from August 1, 2018 to today and I came across the word “MO”. When entering data into this document, I have to enter certain things such as the description of suspects, if there was a weapon involved, the MO, and much more. MO is used by police to describe a criminal’s characteristic way of committing a crime.

September 25th – October 8th (11.5 hours) – One meaningful experience I recently had in the internship program was my very first ride along. I ended up doing an eight hour ride along with the Crime Scene Unit. I also enjoyed my first ride along because of the mentor I had, he was very affable and amiable. This experience did teach me a lot of things such as that the Crime Scene Unit does require photography skills. While arriving at a scene, the CSU will take different kinds of pictures such as walk-ups and overalls. The CSU also has to communicate with the case officers in order to be filled in on what happened in a specific situation.

I will usually use email in order to get in touch with my mentor but will call if necessary. Email is the appropriate communication in this situation because the first thing my mentor told me is that he always checks his emails and is always on his computer. My mentor also mentioned that email is the best way to get in touch with him. The only time I will call my mentor is in important and emergency scenarios. When I did not have my badge at the time, I would have to call my mentor to let him know I was at the station and he would come down and get me. The previous times I have had to call my mentor, we were in the same building and it is if I got lost in the station.

I do believe that email is the best communication and I do not mind at all using it. Email is the fastest way to get in touch with my mentor and also the easiest. I did not really use email as much before this internship program and I think it is good that I use it to communicate with my mentor because I also check my email daily for the program’s purposes. Before I send an email to my mentor, I make sure that everything sounds correct and professional. I always address my mentor in the beginning and keep my emails short. I also try and say “thank you” towards the end.

During my ride along, I had learned the term “overalls” before my mentor had first started taking photographs. Overalls are basically photographs of the overall crime scene. For instance in a car accident, the overall would be a photograph of both cars in the camera shot. Overall photographs are taken at every scene whether it is a car accident or a robbery.

October 9th – October 22nd (6 hours) – One meaningful experience I have had recently in the internship program is connecting closer with my coworkers. Recently, I have done data entry in the computer for all highway robberies that have occurred in August 2018. Data entry consists of me staying in the office and getting to sit around all the detectives and I always work beside another intern, Emily. Since I sit so close to everyone while doing data entry, I always talk to the detectives that work on Mondays. I have grew from this experience because it has created a much more comfortable environment for me. Within this experience, I have also been able to start conversations that have helped me learn more about my coworkers personally.

The last time I visited my internship site, me and Detective Scott, had been discussing when the autopsy viewing would be taking place. An autopsy is the examination and dissection of a dead body. The detectives are always trying to open new doors for me and let me experience different scenarios and this autopsy viewing is being put in place which I am very excited about.

October 23rd – November 5th (6.25 hours) – One meaningful experience I have had recently in the internship program is getting to meet a judge, Judge Bernini. Detective Wakeman had taken me along to experience a walk-through warrant. With a walk-through warrant, you usually will meet with a judge and summarize the case; you’ll also discuss why you want a search warrant. I was very pleased to have met with a judge because it is not everyday that you get to go into the courts building and talk with a judge. From this experience, I have learned that you can either do a walk-through warrant electronically or in person. I also learned what an affidavit was and that is required when a walk-through warrant is present. It is very important to make friends with the judges because it makes walk-through warrants much more comfortable and easier to get through.

I interact with my coworkers all the time but two weeks ago I had interacted with James Wakeman. He had approached me while I was doing computer work and asked if I had ever been to a walk-through warrant. I told him “I have not” and that very day, I got to experience one. We had walked down to the courts and he had filled me in on what a walk-through warrant is and what measures are taken to get them approved. If I am working on computer work and the guys are going out for something, they will usually ask me to join along. I talk to my coworkers everyday in person whether it is for personal or professional reasons.

I am constantly interacting with my coworkers on a social level. We have talked about many things such as: our pets, where they grew up, how our weekends went, etc. The last time I went in, it was the Monday before Halloween and we were talking about our Halloween plans. My coworkers have made me very comfortable ever since the very first day I stepped in. I do not find it weird at all to interact with my coworkers on a social level because it is a daily thing. They are always joking around with me and I feel like that is why I am so comfortable around them.

Two weeks ago, Detective Wakeman had taken me along for a walk-through warrant. One of the papers required for a walk-through warrant to move on is an affidavit. An affidavit is a written statement confirmed by oath or affirmation that basically sums up the case and also briefly discusses why a search warrant should be provided. I also got to see what an affidavit looks like and the process of a walk-through warrant.

November 6th – November 19th (5.25 hours) – One meaningful experience I have recently had in the internship program is getting to experience a follow-up investigation. A couple detectives and I had visited some buildings near the U of A to follow-up on the recent sexual assault attacks. During this follow-up, I felt like I was actually a part of the team. As we were talking to people about video footage, they all had acknowledged me and introduced themselves as I did the same. From this experience, I have learned that it is always very important to take notes on the go. As we visited each building, Detective Dowling had taken down the names of the people we had talked to, their phone numbers, and their titles. In the case where one of the detectives has to contact them, they will already have their contact information making the process much easier.

I personally think that at the beginning of the semester, I was still trying to get in the flow of a new schedule. The days I came in during the beginning were a little bit everywhere and I had not established a set schedule. As the semester went on, I started to figure out what specific days to come in and I had established that every Monday I would come in to earn my hours. If there was ever a day that I had to urgently call in for, I believe I did it very well but that was very rare. I would just send an email to Jack letting him know I would not be able to make it and that I would see him the next time I come in. Jack was very considerate and understanding and the next time I came in, I would just get back to work.

I believe that I have balanced my school work and internship time very well. I would only come in to my internship once a week so the rest of the week, I was focused on finishing up school work. If there did come a day where I had homework to do on the same day I had my internship, I would immediately get started on it as soon as I got home. I am also very good with getting my reflection logs in on time. There have been times where I have typed up my reflection logs on the day it was due. I have learned from that knowing that it can be very stressful doing them at the last minute.

As I had went out with the detectives to all those buildings near the U of A, I had asked what they would call this specific task that they were trying to complete. Detective Dowling had responded to me saying it was called a “follow-up investigation”. A follow-up investigation consists of an investigator conducting extensive interviews with first responders, etc. In our case, we were mainly focused on getting video footage so we had talked to restaurant managers, sororities, and fraternities.