GOWANDA - The Rural Police Training Academy recruit class recently participated in a mandatory practical exercise held at the Gowanda Police Department orchestrated by School Resource Officer Jen Alessi, who is a police instructor at the academy.
Twenty-three RPTA police recruits in their "grays" were seen throughout the village. They were required to respond as if they were on duty to five different scenarios including a domestic dispute, felony traffic stop, disturbance/fight in progress, burglary in progress and check the welfare call.
Assisting in the practical training exercise were officers from the Gowanda Police Department and their family members, Eden, Arcade, Blasdell, Batavia, Medina police officers, retired police officers from various departments and students from Gowanda Central High School with an interest in criminal justice, as well as community members.
Gowanda Police Officer Jen Alessi (left) instructs a recruit class from the Rural Police Training Academy recently at an exercise held in the village of Gowanda.
The recruits who attend the Rural Police Academy in Batavia, which is directed by Judge Douglas Brooks and Assistant Director retired, Arcade Police Chief John Laird, are from an array of agencies, which include Allegany and Livingston County Sheriff's Department, village of Allegany, town of Gates, Gates, village of Perry, town of Nunda, village of Brockport, village of Bolivar, village of Portville, village of North Collins and village of Gowanda Police Department.
The recruits did an exceptional job and look forward to graduation this March, according to Alessi.