Emily A.

January 7th – January 14th (3 hours) – So far in my internship I have picked up where I left off last semester. I have continued to do data entry and organize case numbers into a computer system. The computer systems are called Ibeast, Ileads, and Camms. All these Police systems go through a database and they collect all the case numbers and keep them locked in for all law enforcement officers to access. I have found this experience very helpful and I know they will be an asset to me in the future in this career. I have grown from this because it have increased my abilities in computer systems. I feel more confident since last semester with these systems.

I have developed a personal skill of being attentive to detail. With the computer work I do I have been instructed to pay attention to the words at the bottoms of the evidence pages. This has shaped me in paying attention to detail on all the cases I am assigned too to put into the computer. My mentor has helped guide me in this direction by providing me the work and advice needed to complete my tasks. I have engaged in the data entries by working at a fast yet steady pace for accuracy. Although I can improve my skills by getting more efficient and setting higher goals for myself.

Having good computer skills will definitely benefit me in college and in my future career. Now a days with all the technology advancements it is very important to be familiar with programs. I think this is a great way in my internship to improve my skills further and constantly get better with time. Other things that will continue to contribute to the skill is being able to span items more efficiently and find keywords to hint at important things. In a law enforcement career you need to be confident in what you are stating and skills on scanning and observing more than what is in front of you is so very important.

I was discussing past experiences with a patrol officer that was my mentor during my ride along I did before semester one was over. We were talking about what words are used over dispatch. One word he told me that was constantly repeated was 10-8. And this was a call for any officer available for calls of service.

January 15th – January 28th (9 hours) –  Over the past two weeks I took away one memorable experience, and that was being able to follow through with my tasks given. My mentor wasn’t in the office last week when I went in and I had to follow directions from his head analyst, Mckaela. She has always helped me a lot in finding tasks to do and keeping me busy. I appreciate the things she allows me to do for the unit because I know they have a lot of their plates and being able to be an asset feels good. I did computer work and helped search for gang members on a system called COPLINK. I had to go through lists of names and see if in the computer they were still in the system flagged as a gang member. I was able to finish one big folder of these names and then moved onto another.

One vocabulary word I heard at my site was “purge”. In the context this was used I was going through multiple police computer systems looking if some files were destroyed or not. At first when I came across this word I didn’t quite know the exact meaning because I have previously heard it used in a different way.

January 29th – February 11th (8 hours) – Within the past two weeks of my internship I have been successful in completing over 100 case numbers into the computer. The first week I was at my 50 case mark and that was from one day of completing three hours. This task has been assigned to me for the past month and I have efficiently been completing it. This has been a memorable experience for me because it allows be to look back on a large task given time and see how I constantly made progress each week of me going in for hours. I am proud of myself for putting my hard work into the completion of this task. I learned that even when trying to complete a task at a consistent speed you need to be attentive to the detail and make sure no steps are missed or then things could be recorded wrong. I can use this for the future because I am sure any job I have will require paperwork to be done and this way of me already experiencing a load of paperwork I will be that much ready and competent to complete the task.

Being a current intern, within the Gang Unit at the Tucson Police Department my expected tasks are always to be attentive to detail while completing administration work for my mentor. I usually handle criminal files and input data or search for key things I am instructed to identify. My SMART goal me and my mentor created was to allow me to earn an opportunity to work with another special unit for a day. I proved to my mentor I was ready to do something bigger than desk work, so he proceeded to set up a day I could observed the Firearms unit.
A day was set up where I went into the office and the Firearms Unit took me under their wing. I carried out my goal with the unit, which included some forensic understanding with a firearms analyst named Erin and three other detectives. At the start of my goal I met the three detectives within this unit and they showed me a task they handle once a week. This task was to take received seized firearms from crime scenes and/or from convicted felons. The detectives described how a felon could lose their right to have a gun in their possession, for example if they didn’t have a gun permit or if they were labeled a prohibited possessor. After they described some very interesting points to their job we proceeded on with the task. They would take these firearms and bring them into a section of the crime lab which allowed them to fire these weapons in a range. I met one of the head bullet analysts in the firearms laboratory and he showed me the tools he uses such as an advanced microscope to look at bullet cartridges. We entered the range, and I can describe it as darker than the rest of the lab areas and there was a lingering cold feeling. I was instructed to wear ear protectors to help block out the loud noises from the guns. We also had to wear eye goggles to be ready for any ricocheting bullets. There was a large variety of different sizes and types of guns. I was shocked at how many different types of guns people once had in their possession. Something funny I witnessed was a pirate gun, it was an odd toy looking firearm. The detectives were used to seeing unique firearms from gang members and drug dealers.The point of this I learned was to reveal the kickback of the bullet cartridge case. The cartridges is all the detectives really find important to their cases. I observed them fire the guns at a safe distance away. The noises of kickback varied from a weak sound to a high pitch echo. I would help out and try and catch these cartridges as they flung back.The point of getting these casings was to log the signatures of the casings into a database for comparison of weapons known as NIBIN. I found no major obstacles in reaching my goal in getting to experience the” behind the scene” work really put in by detectives. Something that surprised me while observing this was the small amount of technology used to compare cartridge casings. Technology advancements have come a long way and I never knew a small imaging system could come up with a precise image of the tiny imprints on the bottom of casings. Communicating with the other detectives went well while I was completing my goal. They taught me how to be attentive to the details around me and be aware of my surroundings while a gun was being fired. Overall my experience was successful and my goal was achieved.

One word I learned at my internship from a firearm analyst I’ve worked with who has helped me create my demonstration for SEP stated a word, “primer”. This is a term from the part of a bullet cartridge that I will be showing in my presentation. This is the part that is struck by the firing pin and pushes the bullet out of the casing.

February 12th – February 25th (3 hours) –  Over the past weeks I’ve been able to finally complete the files and data entry I have been assigned to. I have been working on this very efficiently so I can move onto the next step my mentor is going to show me with these documents. This has been a meaningful experience because I have been able to learn and see the process of how entering information into a police database takes place. In the future, I can use my knowledge from this to help me learn faster and get the hang of other proceedings. Overall I liked this experience because it allowed me to be attentive to things and I really did learn from it. I grew form this as well as being a more focused individual in a workplace environment.

One word I have worked with on multiple assigned tasks is a program called “CAMMS”. At first when I heard of this I thought of a camera or something that records information. This program actually standings for CAM Management Solutions. And this is used to store intelligence for the police force.

February 26th – March 11th (21 hours) – Over the last two weeks at my internship site I have been completing research property disposheets for my mentor and the Gang Analyst. I have been going through these documents in a police database looking for case numbers to compare and print out papers for my mentor if the property has been destroyed. I also went on a ride along with a female officer for about 10 hours. This was very memorable because I got to experience another perspective from a patrol officer. I think this will benefit me in the future because this will give me a little more knowledge on how things are in the field.

Within my time at my internship site, the Tucson Police Department. I have came across many ideas of what to set my goals too. One of the most intriguing things to me was getting to have a field experience with a police officer, so I discussed my idea with my mentor and we came to an agreement. We created my SMART goal together which would allow me to go out and have a field experience. My mentor was able to set up a ride along for me with one of his well known colleges within the force. I thought I was very lucky to be able to earn the opportunity to experience the perspective of a female officer’s view on things. Perspectives differ from every kind of officer and I thought being able to see both sides of a male and female officer would really benefit me for the future. The officer I rode with was Officer Giessuebel, she has been with the police force for about 5 years in the Patrol Unit. Her regular routine is being assigned to the night shift which is from 9pm to 7am, she expressed to me that she really liked it and it gave her the opportunity to connect with people and make the streets safer. I was quite excited for this because that is 10 hours out in the field with all the action and I finally got to be up close to what really happens within communities around Tucson. The first thing that took place when I arrived at the Police department was a sort of training course called “Scenarios”. This is when officers get together before their shift and go over some scenarios that could possibly take place when they are out on patrol. I went with Officer Giessuebel and I got to stand and observe how each officer would handle the situation. The situation they performed first was when a person was in a car and two officers needs to approach the vehicle and make sure no gun was present and if there was how they would handle the situation with the least amount of force. One common way the officers handles this was telling the person to put there hands on the steering wheel and then bracing themselves out of the car while the other officer covers for them. This scenario was so cool to me because traffic stops happen everyday and I thought this was really important to have options on how to control the situations. The next scenario we went onto was ways to carry an injured officer out of the area of danger. I actually got to be involved with part of this scenario. I was selected to volunteer as the “dummy officer” lying on the ground waiting for help. So I laid there and then the instructor showed officers how to approach me and how to lift me up. This was really fun because I got to be apart of a sort of training for police officers! After the scenarios, we were off onto the streets. We responded to a few minor calls about noise complaints and stuff like that. One call had came in the a Circle- K had dialed 911 but no one said anything. We had to look into that because who knows if someone was injured at the gas station but just didn’t have the chance to speak. When we arrived there we walked inside and asked the counter clerk if he had called the police and he said he did not, but he did allow a man to use the phone. Officer Giessuebel asked for the description of the man and we went outside and saw the man curled up in a ball next to a redbox machine. I got to approach him alongside the Officer as she talked to him. The man had said someone had drove off with his bags and personal belongings, while they were dropping him off at a church down the street. He wasn’t in the healthiest mindset and was very upset. We stayed with him until he would comply for us to take him to the Crisis Response Center (CRC). After a while we finally got him into the police car and drove him to the CRC. This is basically a mental illness hospital that takes in people that need help and a shelter. I was really glad I got to experience this because it was eye opening I never knew police officers go out of their way a lot of time for someone’s needs that aren’t always critical. I felt really good after leaving and knowing that guy was safe for the night and not on the streets. We responded to a few other calls as well but the one that really stuck out was a man that was loitering around a gas station around 2 am. He was riding a bike and we had to chase him, this was very adrenaline pumping. He ended up having a warrant and Officer Giessuebel had to make an arrest. It was cool being able to see a pat down and the process taken to make an arrest. I got to see the jail as well and how someone is booked into the system. Everything my goal has allowed me to experience and be apart of will definitely allow me to be more ready for my future career. Overall my goal was reached further than I could have imagined. Not only did I accomplish being in a field experience, but I learned so much and enjoyed it!

One word I came across on my ride along was “warrant” because we had to make an arrest due to a warrant on someone. At first I had no idea what the circumstances were for a warrant and it meant. Then after the officer made the arrest I asked what a warrant meant. She told me it is issued if someone did not appear in court to get served their justice. I looked up the definition as well, and it said a document issued by a legal or government official authorizing the police or some other body to make an arrest, search premises, or carry out some other action relating to the administration of justice.

March 12th – March 25th (15 hours) – Within the past two weeks at my internship site I have been working on a new project my mentor and the gang analyst has set up for me. I was introduced to a gang system that was one of the first digital databases that holds all gang members information. I find this very interesting and a memorable experience because I was able to see how technology is constantly changing how data is collected and stored in this career. With the tasks I was given I had to update criminals profiles and their new incidents with an officer, if any. This has been pretty tedious because not only if i’m analyzing the already inputted info I have to type in reports made my officers on the day of contact and etc.

One new word I have came across at my internship is interrogation. At first I thought this meant to be asked question in a police station when you are a suspect of a certain crime. But come to find out this word could be used to just ask questions to even a civilian to gain information on something.

March 26th – April 8th (6 hours) – One meaningful experience I had in the past two weeks at my internship site is being able to tour the evidence warehouse for the Tucson Police Department. This was so interesting and made me realize how much evidence is actually taken from criminals. I was taken on this tour by one of the supervisors who oversees each department of evidence. She showed me how things are processed into evidence and where they are stored. Everything was stored by size from small little boxes to big crates. For instance, I saw a huge crate of drugs and I was shocked that someone could have that much in their possession. I also got to go into freezers that held evidence with blood and DNA on them involved in homicides and etc. I am very grateful to have this experience and it will definitely benefit me a lot in the future because I already get to know a little bit of what to expect.

What I have learned about myself from the internship is that I am very good at being handed tasks and memorizing steps on how to complete them efficiently. I have found that I am very committed to doing things correctly and handling things in a professional manner. Getting assigned tasks to do on the computer for my mentor and the Gang Analyst has taught me how to listen intently and pay attention to every detail described in order to finish something with little to no errors. This is very important because being in a professional working environment this will be crucial in order to succeed. I have also learned that I am held at a high standard and taken very seriously because within my tasks at my site, I am trusted with very important information about criminals and data for the police department.

The advice I would give for all the upcoming interns next year is to stay on top of all the deadlines, take in every little experience, and to set really good goals. I think that staying on top of all deadlines is so important because in order to succeed and get the most of the internship experience you need to keep track of the hour checks. It might seem like a lot of hours at first but the hours fly by and they will be over with before you know it. I found that taking in account of every little experience is what is most memorable and will stick with you in the future. You might not feel like the experience Is that big of a deal but the smallest things teach you a lot during your time at your site and will most likely impact your knowledge. Also setting good goals that are reachable is important because then you will be able to set your standards high and reach for the best potential experiences for yourself.

A word I had came across on my evidence warehouse tour was trace evidence. I had a feeling that this word had to do with the certain important things found on a piece of evidence from a criminal. When I looked this up it includes skin cells, strands of hair and fiber pieces.

April 9th – April 22nd (0 hours) – During these past two weeks I didn’t make any hours at my internship site. I had already finished the required hours and even went over an extra three in the last reflection log. I am going to just discuss my overall experiences all together and what they have really proved to me this whole semester. All of the analytical work I was assigned really showed me how I can handle tasks in a timely manner and follow instructions right way. I would get in the hang of things easily and it all really made me think about how this will help me in the future both in college and in what every job I get in the future. My ride along experiences in the field really were the most memorable experiences I’ve had. They have taught me so much and have exposed me to what the reality of policing is really like. These experiences have all made me a better well rounded person as a whole and a more outstanding worker.

A vocab word I have came across multiple times during my internship is “aggravated”. This word has been used in the context of aggravated assault, etc. I figured this meant a very harsh and angry way of going about something. I was correct when I looked the definition up it is defined as, a made more severe or intense.

July 20th – August 13th (10.43 hours) – Over the past 2 weeks at my internship site, I have experienced what it’s like to show respect towards my superiors. I have been asked to handle tasks that required instructed teaching and personal knowledge, in order to complete. This made me more attentive towards detail and precision. I wanted to do those tasks right and in a timely manner, so I listened closely and took my tasks seriously. My tasks included handling fraud credit /gift cards that were confiscated from criminals, and I felt this was a very important task that my mentor and other superiors allowed me to handle. I can take this experience and apply it towards some things in my future I might encounter. As for showing respect towards my superiors, I can grow from this by acting as a more mature teenager and talk with every superior in a way I’d like to be talked to in the professional world.

During my time in the internship program, I hope to learn a lot that will benefit me in the near future of adulthood. I know Mrs. Wahl will definitely teach me in multiple ways how to handle certain professional situations in a positive way and overall make me a better respectable employee. I really hope Mrs. Wahl gives me insight on how to act in a professional atmosphere which includes; working with new people with different viewpoints on things and ways to be the best I can be at my job by following a few simple general rules. For instance, proper attitude towards things, posture, and appropriate business casual language. I look forward to learning things from my mentor as well, that play hand and hand with the career I want to purse, which is law enforcement. I want to be able to experience how things are properly handled in the field and ways to approach a criminal without seeming like a big threat towards them. I also want to learn the basics that are required to becoming an outstanding law enforcement officer.

From my time in this program, I have already figured out multiple things I think that define me as a professional. Being an overall balanced person juggling responsibilities and morals, I have been able to deliver hard work not only to my internship site but in school as well. As a professional, I tend to get things done that are needed as soon as possible and not procrastinate. I also like to have things in order and have things done to perfection. I guess I could call myself a very organized worker. On the other hand, as a student this internship program has taught me what true stress is like. I have always been the student to get her work done on time and not have any missing assignments. This program taught me that commitment is very important and backing out of a commitment is not the right way to do things. I know it is possible for me to handle and I will succeed and get all my hours done because a little more hard work always benefits me in the end!

August 14th – August 27th (11 hours) – One meaningful experience I have had so far in my internship is being able to work with different units of Special Investigations in the police department. So far I have been able to experience different tasks within units of investigations such as fraud, robbery, and gang. Filing paperwork and criminal profiles have really made my experience interesting and educational. I find being able to see everyday tasks detectives perform within their field of work will help me in my future career profoundly. Since I have been trusted to handle these specific tasks I feel a lot more confident in my abilities as far as following directions and being efficient. I’ve learned that being trusted with filing and organizing important document is crucial for perfection and no room for mistakes. I can grow from these experiences so far by working on improving my attention to detail, because in order to investigate crimes attention to detail is one very important tool I will need.

August 28th – September 10th (0 hours) – One meaningful experience I can say I’ve had in the internship program so far is the amount of responsibility that has to be put in to be successful. Always having to be on top of things and staying focused on my goals in this program is good for me. This experience gives me real life insight on what will be expected of me in a career profession. For example, the reflection logs are an experience that help me refresh on what I have learned and taken away from my internship.

I think I can grow from this by always pushing myself to reach perfection and reach my goals and go above and beyond to achieve them. The behavior at my internship I’d have to say is pretty laid back and lenient. A lot of the detectives around me joke with each other but when it comes to getting work done and discussing cases they are both professional and serious. I think I am expected to maintain a professional out look and attitude. I find this to work best for me because this is what I envision a responsible intern as. It is appropriate to engage in conversations with the detectives I think but keep the questions to a minimum in case if classified information isn’t suppose to be discussed.

This a natural fit for me I think. I am experienced with being around professionals, from being in multiple interviews and in my part time job I know what to say and what not to say. I think not being too comfortable is important because being too comfortable language might slip out that isn’t expected of. Although, I do still work on talking professionally with my peers at my internship site. I find being in a professional atmosphere even professionals slip up but that still doesn’t make it okay for me to mess up. Setting a very good image for myself and the internship program is crucial and I remember that every time I go to my site.

I have worked with the term called ” ILEADS”, this is a computer system system that keeps track of all criminal cases from robbery to murder. I have worked with this police system every time I have been at my site and I am pretty familiar with it. Warrant , has been used multiple times by my mentor and this means to get permission from the courts to be able to enter a criminal suspects home. Also jurisdiction has been said many times when I am looking at the crime reports, this means the area certain police departments have the right to police in and prosecute criminals.

September 11th – September 24th (17 hours) – I have experienced what it’s like to be independent and handle my tasks without supervision. Over the past weeks my mentor has been in trainings and he has trusted me to handle my tasks without his total supervision in the office. I think this is really important because this will help me grow as an individual in the professional work environment. Since I know what is expected of me I am able to meet those goals and be able to show how I can accomplish these goals independently. At first I felt kind of scared to be held at such high standards but after an hour I got confident in my abilities and performed like I normally would. These experiences will help me in the future because it gave me an idea of what a normal professional job will be like.

As I was going through a police database system I usually do computer work with I came across a word called “supplementary”. I wondered what that meant so I wrote it down and came back to it later on to see the meaning. When I looked it up the internet said it meant another word for an official police report. I thought it meant something a little more complicated but I was wrong. Now that I know its another word for police report I feel more informed on police vocabulary.

September 25th – October 8th (5.17 hours) – One meaningful experience I have had in my internship in the past 2 weeks has been getting to go in a helicopter ride. This experience was truly amazing and I am beyond grateful to have been able to say I have conquered this. At first I was super nervous and scared about flying but while I was living in the moment I felt so free and happy. The feeling of flying over Tucson at night and providing oversight to police officers on the ground while witnessing all the action that truly occurs around us was breathtaking. I can’t explain how the feeling honestly felt because there was so much to take in, for example I could hear the 911 dispatchers talking to other officers and the pilots beside me and then looking down on every action taking place. During this experience I was so cheerful and thankful because not a lot of people get the chance to fly in a helicopter in their lifetime. I will definitely grow from this experience in a more personal way by using this in my future as a lesson to not let any opportunities pass by me. Also, to try things that might scare me at first because it might end up helping people and provide a bigger impact onto others.

I usually always use in person communication at my internship site. My superiors and I never have the need to not communicate in person. It is so much easier to ask questions and have face to face conversation on topics of interest. This is appropriate because my mentor is almost always at the office so there isn’t an opportunity not to talk to him or ask for information and background on the tasks I am assigned too. I find being able to have in person communication builds a better relationship and bond with my mentor. This allows me to actually be comfortable at my internship site and not feel unwanted or in the way at the police station. There is a lot of caseload that I am assigned to daily and I find being able to communicate with my mentor on what I am specifically doing helps a lot in being efficient and accurate with the work I am performing.

I am really comfortable in choosing the appropriate method of communication with my mentor. When I have an important question about something having to do with hours or my sep project then I send a text to my mentor. He responds a lot faster when communication in sent over text messages. But when I have any question relating to certain issues on law enforcement I want to discuss and get my mentor opinions on, I like to wait until I see him. I like having in person communication because there is more details given and explained. This is appropriate I think because when I have questions I write them down and wait to ask when the time’s right and convenient.

When I recently went on my helicopter ride I kept hearing a police code being stated over the dispatcher radio. The number code being said was “ 23” and I suspected this to mean something having to do with a crime scene. When I got home I researched this and it means police officers had arrived at the scene of the crime. I also saw many other police scanner codes and came across multiple numbers that I had heard earlier and I found the meanings of those as well. I was a lot more informed when I read the definitions, especially with code 23 because we had been flying over crime scenes and officers arriving to the scene made total sense.

October 9th – October 22nd (9 hours) – So far at my internship site I have learned how to handle my time and tasks wisely. I have gathered that staying at my site for 3 hours I can accomplish a lot. Lately I have been assigned to the filing cabinet which contains gang members profiles. And inside each one of these files I have to evaluate whether or not the term “Gang Net” is printed onto and interview sheet. If the term is located on the paper then I have been asked to white out the term because the papers are no longer in that computer program which is shared with federal agencies. This has been meaningful because it has shown me to be attentive to detail and precision. I can take this experience and apply it to my future job duties because I will already have some experience with handling files and paying attention to detail.

I have seen “”CI”” record on many files I have dealt with. I had a guess that this had something to do with a detectives work. I looked up this term and found that it means confidential Information. This word makes sense to the context of the flies because not many people have clearance to the files I deal with.

October 23rd – November 5th (9 hours) – So far at my internship site I have been able to venture out of my normal areas of work. I have been working in my mentors cubical and areas around the filing cabinets. Although, the other day I got a tour around the ballistic units area and a part of the crime lab. During this experience I got informed on how the detectives secure each gun taken into evidence and how they process the guns. I got to witness detectives taking the evidence guns and firing them in the crime lab because then they take those bullet casings and hand them over to the analyst which puts them into a database for matching to be done, if needed. This overall experience was so fascinating and jaw dropping because I really got to experience what it’s like to collect evidence from evidence and use that to match similar crimes up. I can use this experience later in my life in my future job to further my qualifications.

On multiple occasions I had to interact with another coworker other than my mentor to ask for assistance regarding a task I was assigned to. Michael Lopez, is one of the skilled analysts in the gang unit and she gives my mentor many tasks for me to fulfill. My mentor has left me to work independently some days and I have had to do computer work. As I do my computer work I sometimes need Micheal to assist on passwords and getting the programs to work for me. I would walk over to her desk and ask for her help and she would be more than happy to help me.

Just the other day while I was viewing procedures with the ballistics unit I talked to the bullet casing analyst for social reasons. Erin is a big help to this unit and does all the really cool forensic detective part on the bullet casings. Erin and I were looking over different images of the casings and she was showing me what a 3D image would look like and how to compare the images. She was very outgoing and easy to talk to so I talked to her about where she started from and her interests. She had told me how she was really into the forensic sides of crime and how she started off in the crime lab before her position now with the unit. I felt very comfortable talking to her about this because I too have an interest in forensic science. We discussed how it would be a lot of fun to go over to the lab together and she could give me a tour of all the parts to it. I regularly don’t interact socially with the other co workers because everyone is so spread apart and very into their work duties so it was very nice making a personal connection with someone in the office.

A word I heard the other day at my site was the “gun primer”. I was curious on what exactly this term means. My intuition was telling me it had something to do with firing the bullet out of the gun. When I got home I researched this term and it means the compound explodes when struck by the firing pin and ignites the powder. This is fascinating because there’s so many different terms to gun parts that I didn’t even know about.

November 6th – November 19th (5.5 hours) – An experience I had over these past two weeks that was the most memorable is the ride along I went on. I went on a ride along with Officer Hyde and he usually does the midnight shift so I was able to experience this. It was not too bad for the first few hours than the others seemed to affect me more. We responded to multiple calls and I even got to see how it felt when the sirens need to be turned on. This was one of the most exciting calls of the whole night, there was a suspect waving a knife around by a convenient store and my adrenaline was pumping because I didn’t know what to expect. I think this experience definitely will help me grow because now I have insight into what it really feels like to patrol the streets and provide protect to people. I can also use this experience for future reference and look back on the things I learned while I was on this ride along.

From the start of my internship my mentor and I established a schedule that consisted of me coming in every Monday from 2 to 5 pm. This schedule was consistent throughout this whole semester and even another day was added on when hour checks were close when I was a few hours short. I would say I did very well in arriving to my site on time even with a few minutes to spare. I wanted to set a really good example of myself and show how I am very punctual and take this internship seriously. I think my mentor also noticed I was always on time and I stuck to the planned schedule throughout this whole semester. I was successful in achieving this because I gave myself time to get on the highway before the traffic rush and I made this a high priority to make it to my site a few minutes early.

This semester I think I was quite successful on handling all my responsibilities. School, Work, babysitting and most importantly my internship all played a roll on my busy schedule. I was able to plan ahead and make sure on the days I didn’t have my internship I could get my homework assignments out of the way. My grades were well maintained and I kept them where I wanted them to be. One of the struggles I did have at first was figuring out the days I work and the days I have my internship. That eventually worked out and I was able to set aside Mondays for my responsibilities at my site. I think this semester went well and I will continue to plan my days out ahead of time and keep on top of all my responsibilities.

One word I heard on my ride along was “battery” and this made me wonder what sense the officer was meant when using this term. On my ride along he used this term when it flashed on the police scanner screen and he had said something along the lines of battery and assault. I looked up this word and the definition means when a criminal offense involves the unlawful physical acting on a threat.