This efficient section makes sure that our officers are well versed in life saving techniques such as CPR (Including defibrillator training), firearms training as well as instructing on the required mandates of the County and State to make sure that our 'finest' are well trained. Some of the duties also covered by the unit are firearms safety, including the firing range responsibilities and procedures, protecting Paramus from liability resulting from improper range usage, Domestic Violence training,? ?OC training? (Oleoresin Capsicum commonly known as Pepper Spray), Defensive tactics training, Hazmat training, as well as updating the Department on all new directives which are received at either the state or county level pertaining to municipal police and weapon systems.
In addition, new officer hiring is very important. Sheet one of a nine sheet program for a new hire would read thusly:?
8:00 AM Report for duty. This would involve an overview of the PPD, Organizational structure, Types of service & law enforcement function, meeting the chief and Deputy Chief as well as visiting the training unit.
9:00 AM Swearing in conducted at the Borough Hall with the Mayor, Police Commissioner, Borough Clerk & Police administration.
10:00 AM Enrollment with Payroll, Police & Fireman's Retirement and the Healthcare System.
11:00 AM Rules & Regulation issue and explanation given by the Training Unit staff.
1:00 PM? Equipment and uniform procurement.
3:00 PM Introduction to the Patrol Division by Capt. Windfuhr covering Organizational structure, types of service and responsibilities.
3:30 PM? Introduction to the Detective division by Capt. Nekel
4:00 PM Dismissal for Day One.
Patrolman Erhardt will walk the new trainee through all phases of his upcoming duties.?
He started out working for the United States Customs Department as an Inspector and after 4 years, applied for and was accepted into the Paramus Police Department. He gradually worked his way into the Training area while doing Special Ops (similar to SWAT), Honor Guard and Recording Secretary of the Police Union.
We discussed various weapons used and the training needed for them. When I asked if Murphy sticks were still being used, Patrolman Erhardt gave me the correct nomenclature, PR-24, for this unwieldy baton and why it wasn't used today. The PPD uses ASPs (Armament Systems & Procedures or aka expandable baton) because they are easier to carry along and very effective if used with the proper training. There is little danger of them being left in the patrol car while on duty.
A Christmas Present: Rich and Christine,? his wife of over 7 years, applied to adopt a baby. After going through rigorous testing and filling out scads of paperwork, they finally completed this in November and settled down for the arduous and lengthy wait. Within the month of December, they were informed that a baby had been born that would fit their needs. The elated couple rushed to get their new son and have lavished loving care on this precious bundle, their Christmas present.