Behind the Badge: Preparing for dangerous work

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - After completing 26 weeks of training, recruits from the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office Regional Police Academy will graduate on Friday.

In February, NewsChannel 9 spoke with Katie Frieh as she shared her journey toward earning her badge. During week 13 of the police academy, she said she was pushed to places she had never been mentally and physically.

This week, her final week, she said it didn’t get easier since February.

Just recently, recruits were able to experience the full effects that a taser has on muscles and sensory nerves.

“It was something I can't describe. Never felt anything like it before, but a lot of my classmates said it was like sticking you finger in a socket. The electricity. through your body... is incapacitating,” Frieh said.

“I think it's good we get exposed to it, tasers, so if we have to use those instances of force on the streets, we know what it feels like and say why and relate to the force we use,” Frieh continued.

Experiencing how it feels and giving them insight that could help them testify in court.

For the first time, the Central New York Regional Law Enforcement Academy trained future police officers with future custody and civil deputies. Custody deputies are already on the job.

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