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Sept. 27, 2013

It’s not every day your class gets to check out a working police helicopter but for the students of Associate Professor Tina Jaeckle’s Police in Society class, today wasn’t like other days.

Approximately twenty students were on hand as the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office landed their helicopter in the field behind the St. Augustine Police Department.

The helicopter was flown in by Sergeant Pilot Jason Caban and Tactical Flight Officer Deputy Justin Sisk who explained the ins and outs of the aircraft and answered questions.

“This was an important opportunity to expose Flagler students to the real world experience of law enforcement officers so that they can practically connect it to the academic material we study in the classroom,” said Jaeckle, who teaches sociology and criminology at Flagler. “Given the nature of the policing course, this event allowed them to effectively accomplish this task.”

Jaeckle said that the class is designed to provide students with a foundational understanding of law enforcement, which includes the purpose, role, accountability and answerability of police in our society.

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