October 23, 2013
On October 18, 2013 members of the Riley County Police Department traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to represent the department at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police conference. Members attended 5 days of seminars, panels, and training classes as well as had the opportunity to participate in a law enforcement skills and knowledge competition. This competition hosted by various police equipment companies like Taser and Evidence.com tested participants in several areas to include taser accuracy and speed, knowledge of pursuits, officer safety and Miranda, as well as being able to identify and answer questions about a suspect after being flashed a photograph for only a few seconds. This competition also included a virtual shooting range to test speed with a service weapon.
Riley County Police and Public Information Officer (#TwitterCop) Matthew Droge, took top honors after scoring higher than all other competitors conference-wide.
"Cops are generally competitive and it was a great opportunity to test my skills," said Droge regarding the competition. "We have a great training program at RCPD and I couldn't have placed as well as I did without it."
Riley County Police will take possession of the traveling trophy for one year. At the conclusion of this time period it will be sent to the 2014 conference, held in Orlando, Florida where it will be given to the 2014 competition winner.
Riley County Police were also recognized by the international community for work being done in the Manhattan and Riley County area. More information on this recognition will be released this week.