Editor’s note: This is the second story in a series of stories that will follow the Fairborn Citizen’s Police Academy. Look for the installment each week until the course ends.
By Whitney Vickers
FAIRBORN — The Fairborn Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy wrapped up week two of the course Thursday.
It covered topics regarding jailer responsibilities, department training, which included 5,000 hours last year, the dispatch system and the administrative captain’s duties.
Fairborn Operations Sergeant Mark Stannard said the jail serves as a means of protecting the public from dangerous individuals, as well as a deterrent against committing future crimes for those who experience detainment. It booked 2,723 individuals last year, including 2,283 from the City of Fairborn, 439 from the City of Beavercreek, 39 from Wright State University and one from Grandview Hospital.
Several factors play into what takes place upon being arrested and taken to jail. However, if an individual is to be detained, they are processed, booked, have mugshots and fingerprints taken, make necessary phone calls and are taken to the appropriate block. The Fairborn Jail is a 12-day jail. However, Stannard said individuals typically stay for less than 24-hours at a time.
Part-time jailers are responsible for meeting the requirements of the detained individuals. They work for eight hours at a time, and duties include providing the inmates with three meals per day, which are individually-packaged microwavable breakfasts, lunches and dinners, as well as taking care of video arraignments, processing individuals in and out and conducting scheduled jail checks.
Dispatchers, on the other hand, work for 12-hours at a time. Those within the Fairborn Police Department saw 100,331 inbound and outbound calls take place last year, which included 16,019 occur via the 911 system. In week one of the Citizens Police Academy, Stannard said dispatch experiences the highest call-volume between 7 and 11 p.m.