Ain't nothin' like the real thing—or something pretty close to it—for students of the justice program at the campus.
The latest class of brought a group of us to Dundalk Tuesday for an opportunity to train for "calls to service" first-hand.
Our tasks? To respond to a domestic dispute in a bank, drugs found in a teenager's bedroom, a bar patron with a gun and a gas station patron ripping up magazines.
"You're always doing this!" Det. Jim Skidmore shouted at his scenario-wife Sarah Lentz, who began hitting him in a bank after he forget a check for the umpteenth time. Students-turned-officers responded by confirming their relationship and eventually charging Lentz with assault.
Students based their actions on whether a suspect offered them reasonable suspicion, indications that something criminal was afoot, or probable cause, such as when a bartender or a parent serves as a witness.
See our photo gallery on the right for your own sneak peek at what a police officer's call to service can entail.