Job Shadow/Internship Program

The FWPD Job Shadow/Internship Program is an opportunity for college students who have an interest in Law Enforcement to learn more ab out the Law Enforcement profession. Selected candidates will have an opportunity to experience varying roles that exist within Law Enforcement and the FWPD in our pursuit to provide professional service to the community that we serve.

Candidates interested in a job shadow/internship experience must meet the following requirements:

 

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Must be a US Citizen

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Must be at least 18 years of age prior to applying

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Must be a college Junior or Senior currently enrolled at a US college or university

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Must pass a background check

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Must have a current, valid, driver’s license.

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Must complete a ride-a-long request, and additional application requirements

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Must have no felony convictions

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Cannot be on probation or parole

Candidates who meet the requirements for participation can text JoinFWPD to 260-233-9850 to speak with a Recruiter and request to participate.

Program Schedule

 

The FWPD job shadowing/internship program will give selected candidates the opportunity to be involved with the FWPD over the course of five (5) days, and involve the following opportunities, in this order:

Day 1 – RIDE-ALONG – (8hrs)

Ride-a-long with a current FWPD Officer on B-Shift (2nd shift) from 1400 – 2200 hours. (2:00 PM – 10:00 PM). Candidates will have the opportunity to experience a day as a patrol officer. Patrol is often unpredictable, from the type of call the Officer may respond to, to the volume of calls each day. Candidates may experience a wide range of investigations, and see them unfold from start to finish, or how additional elements of the FWPD are utilized to bring an investigation to completion.

Day 2 – CRIME SCENE (4hrs)

Participants will have the opportunity to shadow a crime scene technician and review the protocol used in processing a crime scene, a finished investigation, and additional duties handled by the crime scene technician. Participants will have an opportunity to see and learn the difference between a crime scene technician and forensic scientist.

Day 2 – DISPATCH (4hrs)

Candidates will observe dispatchers and call takers as they work in dispatch center. Candidates will see how the 911 system works, and how a call is processed from start to finish. Candidates will see how technology is used in processing the call, and the steps a 911 dispatcher must take before and after the call, and how that call goes from the dispatcher to the officer responding to the call.

Day 3 (8hrs)

Job shadow with the FWPD Air Support Unit (ASU) for one shift. This shift will be 0800 – 1600 hours. Candidates will have the opportunity to experience working with our air support unit, observing how drones are used to support officers in their response to calls, as well as investigative support through the Drone First Responder (DFR) Program. Learn how drones are used to map crashes and document crime scenes.

Day 4 – RIDE-ALONG (8hrs)

Ride-a-long with a current FWPD Officer on a shift of the candidate’s choice: Candidates will have the opportunity to experience a day as a patrol officer. Patrol is often unpredictable, from the type of call the Officer may respond to, to the volume of calls each day. Candidates may experience a wide range of investigations, and see them unfold from start to finish, or how additional elements of the FWPD are utilized to bring an investigation to completion.

  • A Shift: 0600 – 1400 hours (6:00 AM – 2:00 PM)
  • B Shift: 1400 – 2200 hours (2:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
  • C Shift: 2200 – 0600 hours (10:00 PM – 6:00 AM)

Day 5 – COMMUNITY RELATIONS (8hrs)

Participants will job shadow the Community Relations Liaison from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The day will include interactions with various groups within the community including LGBTQ+, Amani Services, The League for the Deaf, and multiple refugee groups. Candidates will observe the interactions that take place over department social media platforms including direct law enforcement questions or requests from the public. Candidates will be introduced to the FWPD Therapy dog “Tinsley” whose primary job is to help maintain the mental health of our police officers. Candidates may interact with elementary grade students in a Reading Program developed to assist in building the relationship between the children in our community and the police department.

Day 6 – RECRUITING (8hrs)

Complete a final job shadow opportunity with the FWPD Recruiter from 0800 – 1600 hours. (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM) – Participants will review the previous days’ experiences, complete necessary survey’s regarding the experiences, and review opportunities that exist within the FWPD.

The program provides the candidate with a total of 48 hours of experience and must be completed within a 10-day window. Candidates should ensure their schedule will allow for this prior to applying for the program. Coordination of the schedule and assignments will be conducted by the FWPD Recruiter. Participants in this program will not be paid.

The Fort Wayne Police Department is a full-service, highly sophisticated professional agency. Through innovate leadership and dedication to providing quality services, our Department maximizes its resources to provide a high-quality work environment. We give our officers the same respect and concern that we expect them to show all citizens with whom they come into contact in the line of duty.

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