|Scouts learn about police work in the department squad room.|
Police Officer Robert Mader guided the tour speaking about the history of the department and then showing some historical police items, which included an original police blotter book from 1922. This book and many other items are on display in the main hallway at Borough Hall in the police department's display cabinet.
|PO Rob Mader and Pack 613 getting started|
The tour then moved on to the secured areas of the station where the scouts were shown the 911 Communication Center. There they met with the telecommunicators who were actively working the police radios, dispatching units to various calls for service that were received via the standard telephone line of 201-387-4000 or via 911. They also observed how computer technology at the communication center played a vital role in retrieving important data concerning vehicles, driver's licenses, stolen property or wanted persons. Scouts then moved to the one area that they were anxious to see: the jail cell. Here they learned about the use of and securing of the heavy iron bar cell doors as well the type of prisoners could be placed into the cells.
|Live Scan Fingerprinting|
The scouts then toured the various offices and bureaus within the department, which included the detective bureau. Here, the scouts saw the police interview room, which detectives use to interview victims or suspects in order to piece together information and determine facts in order to solve a crime or incident. The important part of this room that the scouts learned about was the electronic recording of the interview using the video and audio recording equipment.
The scouts also saw the Juvenile Bureau and were welcomed by the Chief of Police into his office. The scouts were very helpful to the chief who was preparing the budget for the department for the next calendar year. The scouts recommended keeping a tight rein on spending, including overtime costs to keep within the budget cap, however, they felt very strong on providing budget monies for ongoing training for the officers. Great recommendation scouts!
|Squad Room line up; 1900-0700 Tour; November 4, 2014|
The scouts were very impressive with their questions, which ranged from asking how the officers patrol, which cars they drive, how they arrest people, and what an assault is, to name just a few. Equally impressive were the answers the scouts gave for various questions posed by the Chief and Officer Mader concerning crime prevention and civic duty.
The tour of BPD was a big success for Pack 613. They learned that the police department also has a Mission Statement like scouting and officers also take an oath, follow and enforce the laws. Officers must be of good character and have high ethical standards and values, just like scouting promotes. But, the most obvious similarity between the scouts and police officers is that both are dedicated to citizenship, service and leadership. Pack 613 displayed these qualities on Tuesday night. There is no doubt they have earned their badges.