Candidates who are offered and accept employment with the Lincoln Police
Department must undergo training at the Lincoln Academy which is 21 weeks in length. It is a classroom style academy that meets Monday-Friday. Recruits do not live-in and are not subjected to a boot-camp atmosphere.
New recuits are initially
appointed as police trainees, and are paid $2,600.00 a month while attending the
academy. Those successfully completing the academy are appointed
as commissioned police officers with commensurate salary and benefits,
and begin a field training and evaluation program.
The field training and evaluation program takes approximately 22 weeks
to complete. During this training phase, the new officers are assigned to
work with a designated field training officer whose job is to train and
evaluate their performance. New officers are rotated to a different field
training officer every four weeks. New officers must reach an
acceptable level in all performance areas by the completion of the
program. Successful officers are then transferred to the Operations
Division for solo team assignments.
Officer duties fall into four main categories: traffic, crime control,
social control, and management which occur with considerable regularity and
overlap into several different areas. The responsibility of traffic
control encompasses traffic accident prevention, traffic law enforcement,
and maintenance of orderly offenses and the apprehension of offenders.
The duty of social control occasionally calls for an arrest or the
application of the law as a means to restore order. Management includes
tasks intended to ensure the efficient and effective application of
resources in coping with identified police problems.