Our first class of the day today was Officer Involved Shooting and the today’s instruction required a trip to Hogan’s Alley. We started with a tour; this is an impressive training town. The area comprises several streets, there is a post office, drug store, pawn shop, seedy motel, used car lot, both urban and suburban homes, and a functioning restaurant. Yes, you can actually get something to eat in the restaurant in Hogan’s Alley! I guess it serves dual purpose as the training area’s snack/coffee shop.
These were not just fake front buildings either, shelves were stocked and we were told all the rooms in all the houses were furnished. We did not actually go into any of the buildings but the level of detail was impressive. They even had real flowers hanging in baskets from lamp posts in the “better” part of town and graffiti on the walls in the back alley.
One interesting thing about Hogan’s Alley is they designed it so there is regular traffic on the streets. Some of the hotel rooms are used as offices, other buildings presumably have other purposes. Unlike a traditional training environment, though, there are people not involved in the scenario moving around, driving through, and eating outside the café. This makes it a much more realistic environment for training.
After our safety instructions, our class was divided into two groups and partnered up. My partner was Matt, the Undersheriff of Clackamas County Oregon. I think the purpose of the exercise is to show the difference between your first hand perceptions in a rapidly evolving high stress situation and objective reality. Next class, we will be interviewing someone from the other group who did a different scenario and we will be interviewed. Since they were video taping everything, I presume we will then compare that to our recollections. Matt and I did get to shoot a bad guy, he had it coming, though.
The rest of the day was not too bad. I think I have a sense of direction for my lesson plan/lesson presentation for ethics anyhow. I found the FBI Library has more books on Evita Peron than they have on Theodore Roosevelt (considering TDR’s role as a law enforcement reformer in New York, that seems wrong somehow), and I decided to switch from a research paper in Death Investigation to a case review of one of our closed cases. Finished by swimming another mile and eating supper.
I will conclude with a last couple of shots from Hogan’s Alley. To prove the FBI does have a sense of humor, the movie theater is modeled and named after the real Biograph Theater in Chicago where the FBI killed John Dillinger. Even the movie listed on the marquee is the same as it was at that time.