New Lafayette police officers train in the field

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — News 18 continues to follow some of the newest officers with the Lafayette Police Department. The three young officers are currently out with other officers for field training.

“Learning what roads to go down and where addresses are at,” said Officer Samuel Gawaluck, one of the new officers.

That’s part of what Gawaluck is trying to do while he trains in the field. He said learning every street in the city isn’t easy. He knows he’ll have to remember a lot more.

“Right now, the biggest challenge is … learning 100 things a day [and] trying to remember at least half of them so when I come back the next day, I don’t mess up,” Gawaluck said.

Gawaluck is one of the three officers sworn in back in March.

Gawaluck and Officer Brian Strah graduated from the police academy in October. Sgt. Scott Galloway said now they’re paired up with field training officers to learn the ins and outs of the department.

“The academy is more general. When you come back to the police department, we train on our policies and rules and how we write reports.” explained Galloway.

He said the new officers will take on more and more responsibility as they progress in their training.

“They’ll be weaned off of having a field training officer until they’re ready to be on their own,” said Galloway.

Gawaluck has been training on day shifts. He said he should be moving to nights soon. He will also train with detectives and the traffic division.

“I’m kind of hoping that late January, maybe early February, I’ll be released on my own,” said Gawaluck.