The Citizen’s Police Academy rolls on into week two.  Tuesday night, we continued some of what we were getting exposed to in week one:  talking about the different sections of the department and what they do.

We were started off by being introduced to Captain Jack Morris.  Capt. Morris is in charge of the Patrol/Traffic division.  It’s much cooler to call him Captain Jack, so for the purposes of this and all future articles, he will be referred to as Captain Jack.  As with all of the Captains, Captain Jack gave us a bit of his personal history and how he came to rise to the rank that he currently holds.

Captain Jack started off talking about how large his division is.  I wouldn’t say he was bragging, but…..he probably was.  Not out of vanity, but more in a way to give us a perspective of how large it really is and how much of the department in really encompasses.  It is one of the largest divisions that the department has.  There are approximately 50 patrolmen, 10 sergeants, and 6 lieutenants.  In addition, he is in charge of what they call the CIC, which takes in and books juveniles.  All totaled, the division encompasses about 70 employees.

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Captain Jack motions during his presentation to the group.

Captain Jack echoed something that I had heard twice before from Chief O’Rourke.  “We’re pretty much what I would call a full-service police department,” he said.  “We will come out on pretty much anything we get called on.  Now, are there things we can do on everything?  No.  All lot of people don’t understand that sometimes all we can do is simply document things for you.  But we will come out on it everything.  We are full service.”

The main function of a patrol officer is basically, well….patrolling.  They have routine patrols they go out on.  They cover pretty much everything including traffic, if traffic is off shift.  They even do a thing called “PD Watch.”  This was a function that I was not aware of.  According to Captain Jack, if you feel so inclined for any reason to want your house to be patrolled, they will put your house on the list and if they aren’t busy with other calls, they will occasionally drive by your house and spotlight it to make things are going alright.

Captain Jack is also over the traffic division.  There are about 10 officers and 1 sergeant.  This division also includes the parking compliance officer who terrorizes the windshields of Enid.  The traffic division’s entire job revolves around enforcing traffic laws and working traffic accidents.

The CIC, which I mentioned earlier was for juveniles, is partially funded by the Office of Juvenile Affairs.  The entire purpose of this is to alleviate the need of a patrolmen to sit and wait with a juvenile until a parent arrives, which can take quite some time.

He parted with some thoughts about how important it is for the police and community to be able to interact in a positive way.  “The old saying is that the Fire Department is heroes, and we’re zeros.  It’s because we sometimes have to be the bad guy.  But we get to deal with a lot of great people out in our community.”

We were next introduced to Captain Dean Grassino.  Captain Grassino oversees the Special Operation Division.

Narcotics is one of the divisions that Grassino is in charge of, which is ironic as Grassino spent a large portion of his career involved in narcotics in some way.  The EPD and Grassino have five full time detectives whose whole job drugs and vice crimes.  “Enid is not exempt from drugs.  We have everything the big cities have.  We try to stay very proactive,  It’s probably not as bad as some of the big cities, per capita, simply because we are so aggressive on it and take care of those things early on,” Grassino stated.

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A member of the CPA listens to Captain Dean Grassino explain the functions of his division

Another division that Grassino heads up is the training division.  Officer Darin Morris and Lt. Gary Fuxa help augment the training division and community outreach.  Community outreach also would encompass the Citizen’s Academy.

Grassino also works the K-9 units.  Currently the department has three K-9 officers and three dual purpose patrol dogs.  They do contraband searches, drugs, and they can also do tracking for suspect apprehension.

All potential Enid Policeman must pass a physical agility test.  This is another area that Grassino oversees.

One thing that Grassino was really particularly proud of was the fact that in the next 30 days, they will be releasing a new policy and procedures book for the department.  When Chief O’Rourke took over, they started at the beginning and went over it with a fine tooth comb.  They meet weekly to work on it.  “This will be the first time that it has been completely gone through and revamped under the last 3 to 4 Chiefs.”  Sounds to me, like another feather in the cap of the “New Enid Police Department” that has developed under Chief O’Rourke and the fantastic staff that they have down there.

 

Later this week we’ll cover part two of this week’s installment of what went on.  A preview:  We got to meet Captain Tom Nichols of Investigative Services, Captain Kevin Morris of Support Services, and Lt. Ryan Singleton who gave us a tour of the 911 center.