Maryland Transportation Authority Police
June 23rd, 2014
During my two week period in the academy I have learned many things. Throughout my life I have never been exposed to any sort of police or military type guidelines, so almost everything was new information to me. From grooming and personal appearance standards to just generic history about Maryland Transportation Authority Police. Even with all of the new information being thrown my way there were still particular things that stood out and are needed on an everyday basis. The first thing and one of the most important is the International Phonetic Alphabet. I currently am working with CVSU and constantly have to use it, whether reporting to the officer I am assigned to or reporting to dispatch. Another important thing I have learned during my tenure here is the chain of command or rank order. It’s always a good idea to know who you are talking to and who you should contact if a situation occurs. So I shouldn’t contact Major Geese if I’m stuck in traffic trying to get to work because it is truly unnecessary. There is only one higher official who is held accountable for your supervision. The last important thing that resonated with me is the focus of the MTAP. When you look at this job you see the prestige that comes along with working for this agency but, what is always hidden is the self-sacrifice and ability to do the little things. You could be at BWI continuously telling civilians to keep moving along and being a human GPS, or assigned to Hatem Bridge where there is as much activity as modern day ghost towns.
My first current event occurred in Baltimore, Maryland. Nala a 7 year old Shar-pei dog escaped from her home and during that event bit a woman who attempted to help the owner retrieve it. Later officers responded to the dog bite call and restrained the dog with a control pole. Officer Jeffrey Bolger decided to cut the dog’s throat...