Thursday, October 11, 2007
The Grandview Police Department recently hired Cole Hecker as a corrections officer and promoted current corrections officer Kevin Glasenapp to police officer.
Hecker started working as a corrections officer for the Grandview Police Department Oct. 4. He had spent the last eight months as a corrections officer for Yakima County.
Hecker said he wanted to work in Grandview so he could be "...closer to home and have more time to spend with my wife."
Hecker was raised in Mabton and now lives in Grandview and said he was spending too much money on diesel driving back and forth to Yakima.
The job as a corrections officer is a stepping stone to bigger things, according to Hecker. He aspires to become a police officer after a few years.
The job he's currently been doing he enjoys thoroughly.
"You never know what you're going to face," he said. "It's a surprise, not the same thing day after day."
Hecker had to spend a month in training to become a corrections officer. He went to the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy in Burien to learn his trade.
Hecker said he learned defensive tactics at the academy and how to deal with manipulative inmates. Other important training he received was how to react to inmates with mental problems, ethics, morals and rules to abide by.
The Grandview jail can house up to 16 inmates and Hecker carries only pepper spray. He said each corrections officer has to feel the impact of what they carry and that was probably the most nerve wracking time he's spent on his job, waiting to get sprayed during his certification.
"It burned like hell," he said of the pepper spray.
Hecker worked mostly shifts in Yakima and considers it a plus his new hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday with weekends off.
Glasenapp started with the Grandview Police Department in December 2006 as a dispatcher. He quickly moved over to corrections officer in May 2007 and finished his academy training the next month. He will team up with a field training officer and start training as a police officer next week.
Glasenapp was raised in Grandview and graduated from Grandview High School in 2004. He received his degree in fire science from Columbia Basin College in 2006 and initially wanted to become a firefighter. He's been a volunteer firefighter since high school but found out he would probably have to move to a bigger city if he wanted to pursue that dream. He said he likes living in the valley so he decided to become a police officer. Getting hired as a dispatcher was his foot in the door.
He was able to jump over to the corrections area because the city of Grandview moved its court from the police department to the district court in Grandview. The city needed a person to transport inmates back and forth, giving Glasenapp the opportunity to go into corrections.
Recently, a Grandview police officer left and that opened up a spot for Glasenapp.
He said he likes working in the emergency field. "Every day is different," he said. "You don't get into a repetitive cycle."
Glasenapp is scheduled to leave for the police academy Dec. 13, and will spend 19 weeks training.
He said he expects to learn a lot of defensive tactics, constantly doing the same move until its drilled in his head. He's also heard he will be drilling quite regularly.
It will all be worth it, he says, because he likes to help people.
"We see a lot of negative things but we're helping out by keeping people safe," he added.
Once Glasenapp has been on the force for two years he said he hopes to join the SIRT team in Grandview.