Tuesday night, the Bartow Police Department’s 2018 Citizens Police Academy participants completed Week 5 of the nine-week CPA Program. The entire evening was devoted to the topic of Traffic Homicide and DUI Investigations. The 3-hour session, held at the Bartow Civic Center, included a DUI Wet Lab, and Radar/Laser demonstrations. While the class was educational and fun, it was a safe (controlled) way to understand how alcohol impacts a person both physically and mentally. Instructors for the evening included: Officer Luke Hauser, Officer John McKee, and Deputy Chief Bryan Dorman. Assisting with coordinating the events was CST Coordinator Lyn Bryan and CST Officer Randy Tagliarini. Wet lab participants were Det. Cody Vaughn, Sgt. William Stevens, and retired Sgt. Paul O’Dell. Linda Waligorski, Training Coordinator made her ‘famous’ cookies and served pizza purchased from Marcos.
At the end of the presentation, participants attempted to 'walk-the-line' as part of a field sobriety test while wearing Fatal Vision Goggles. Fatal Vision Goggles simulate various levels of intoxication and make it nearly impossible to walk a straight line, although a few managed it.
The Citizens Police Academy Program, offered to Bartow residents every year since 2010, has been completely funded by the American Legion Post No. 3 in Bartow each year. The Bartow Police Department owes a debt of gratitute to the members of American Legion Post 3 in Bartow for their generous support and making it possible for us to provide the CPA Program free of charge to the citizens of Bartow.