It is always interesting to meet their families and talk with them about their loved one's future in our department. The 14 recruits are finishing up their 12 week academy and will begin their field training soon. After four months of field training they will be working solo preventing and solving crime.
Mark Stodghill with the News Tribune wrote a nice article on the new staff.
I also pasted it below...
Chase Landingin didn’t have a badge pinned on his chest with the 14 new Duluth police officers sworn in Thursday at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, but he has the satisfaction of knowing he’s assuming an important role in the Police Department.
Landingin, 26, who was born and raised in San Diego, moved to Duluth earlier this month to fill one of three criminal intelligence analyst positions in the Police Department. It’s a civilian position.
His job will be to study crime and crime patterns and profile suspects by analyzing crime data to forecast times and locations the next crime will be attempted. For example, do certain crimes take place at specific times in certain neighborhoods? Can suspects, based on their record or address, be connected to certain crimes? Are there criminal connections between suspects? With that information, police can decide how best to allocate resources and station officers.
“I’m very motivated,” Landingin said. “I accept any kind of a challenge, no matter how hard or how easy it is. I’ll just take it head on and I’m very open-minded.”
Langingin has a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of California-Irvine and criminal analyst certification from the University of California-Riverside.
“He’s a very positive young man,’’ said Lt. Steve Stracek, supervisor of the Duluth police Organized Crime Bureau. “He’s quiet and soft-spoken, but he’s got some grit. He’s got some ambition. We like him and we’ve got a lot of expectations that he’ll do well.”
Stracek said about 20 people from around the country applied for the position.
“Right now our criminal intelligence analysts are taking phone records and linking this drug dealer with that drug dealer,” Stracek said. “They help us establish associations, past criminal histories and participation in gang activities in other jurisdictions before they came here. They are able to link phone numbers with specific targets. We’re also looking at neighborhood crime trends and citywide crime trends.
The criminal intelligence analysts bring calls of services, known offenders, crimes of violence to our attention and we can spread the intelligence around to the troops.”
Before introducing Landingin, Duluth police Chief Gordon Ramsay told the new officers and their families that this is a city that supports its police as evidenced by the soon-to-be-completed new police headquarters on Arlington Road, and by the fact that the department has been able to hire 18 new officers in the past year to reach its authorized force of 152.
Ramsay also told the newest rookie class that they shouldn’t do anything to tarnish the good reputation that their co-workers have established in the community.
The new officers include Kalika Pukema, whose father, Dick, is a retired Superior police officer and former Douglas County sheriff. Her father pinned on her badge. The new officers chose parents, wives, fiancées and children to do the honors of pinning on their badges.
Sixth Judicial District Judge Shaun Floerke, who is the son of a retired Wisconsin deputy sheriff and the grandson of a former Wisconsin chief of police, swore in the new officers.
The 14 officers joining the force are: