German police academy students visit campus

June 25, 2014

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Tour of the Capitol in Madison, Wis.

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — A delegation of eight students and two instructors from the Brandenburg State Police Academy and College in Oranienburg, Germany, are visiting the University of Wisconsin-Platteville June 16-26.

These police students have already been accepted as police officers in Germany and attend the three-year Brandenburg State Police Academy and College, which provides traditional criminal justice coursework in addition to basic academy training for new recruits. The same facility also offers intermediate and specialized training for current police officers. After the students graduate, they will receive career-specific training for their professional positions from the agency they work with.

The students are visiting as part of an alternating, host site collaboration between the Brandenburg State Police Academy and College and UW-Platteville’s department of criminal justice. In June 2013, 13 UW-Platteville students majoring in criminal justice had the opportunity to live, learn and work with German police academy students and high-ranking police and government officials on the campus of the Brandenburg State Police Academy and College.

“The collaboration enables students from the German academy and college and students from UW-Platteville to better understand the experiences of those who are studying the same discipline – criminal justice,” said Dr. Valerie R. Stackman, assistant professor of criminal justice at UW-Platteville. “Students in the program learn about the history of each country’s criminal justice system and how they can be so different and yet serve the same purpose. The cultural immersion aspect of these trips will assist with preparing both the German police students and UW-Platteville’s criminal justice students to enter a community that is rapidly becoming globalized.”

“We are so thankful to be the university’s guests,” said Lieutenant Colonel Mario Rogus, instructor at Brandenburg Police Academy. “The UW-Platteville team is doing an awesome job making our stay interesting and enjoyable, despite the adverse circumstances the university and city is facing after the tornado.”

“The students very much appreciate having the chance to see how the education and training of law enforcement personnel is organized and done,” continued Rogus. “They were surprised to learn about the number and size of police departments and the limited jurisdiction. They noticed lots of similarities in terms of training and carrying out police duties. The discretionary competences police officers in the United States have, in terms of investigating criminal acts, roused some discussions. Police officers in Germany must report and investigate criminal acts if they learn about them.”

During their visit, police academy students will participate in a variety of activities and events. On June 18, the delegation went to the Capitol in Madison, Wis., where they were addressed by State Rep. Robin Vos, Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly; Assembly Chief Clerk Patrick Fuller, who led a tour; and Assembly Sergeant at Arms Anne Tonnon-Byers.

While they were at the Capitol, Wisconsin State Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson took some time out of a lecture with first- and second- year law students to address the German police delegation and talk about some differences between the Wisconsin court system and the German government and court systems. The police students toured UW-Platteville's Forensic Investigation Crime Scene House, where a mock crime scene was staged for them. They also went trap shooting at the Cassville Conservation Club in Cassville, Wis.

Additional plans for the students include the opportunity to shoot pistols at the Platteville Police Department shooting range; attendance at a session on defense and arrest tactics at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore, Wis.; a briefing by the Platteville Police Department; a meeting with Mark Dalsing, the chief of police in Dubuque, Iowa; a briefing on crisis management by Sergeant Todd Kasper from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department; a private security briefing at Cabela’s in Prairie du Chien, Wis.; and a lecture from and discussion with Dr. Sabina Burton, associate professor of criminal justice at UW-Platteville and some of the students who went to Germany last summer.

“The students really enjoyed participating in classroom, DAAT, shooting and driving trainings,” said Rogus.

The German delegation will also have the opportunity to have dinner with Dr. Elizabeth A. Throop, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education, at Benvenuto’s Italian Grill.

Contact: Mike Dalecki, Ph.D., Interim Chair, Department of Criminal Justice, dalecki@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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