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New C.O.P.S. Shop to open at NEWTECH Skill Center
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New C.O.P.S. Shop to open at NEWTECH Skill Center

From Spokane Public Schools:

A new C.O.P.S. Shop opening at NEWTECH Skill Center will provide criminal justice students a practical way to practice what they learn in class.

The Criminal Justice course already covers such things as traffic law, criminal law and crime scene investigation. Having a C.O.P.S. Shop at the school will function like an on-site internship. Students are trained to take fingerprints from prowled vehicles, and do crime prevention presentations for neighborhood groups. They will be part of Neighborhood Observation Patrol (N.O.P.) through Spokane C.O.P.S., and learn how to take field notes about suspicious activity to pass on to police officers.

C.O.P.S. (Community Oriented Policing Services) Shops volunteers help Spokane citizens to problem-solve neighborhood problems, focusing primarily on calls that are not police-related and are more effectively handled by other agencies. Shops also function as a home base for police officers to work on their reports and grab a cup of coffee.

The NEWTECH C.O.P.S. Shop will be the only one currently run out of a school in Spokane. In 2002, Lewis and Clark High School was the first high school in the United States to establish an on-campus C.O.P.S. Shop. The LC C.O.P.S. program has been inactive since the retirement of former Criminal Justice instructor and Spokane Police Sergeant Michael Yates. His son, Devin Yates, is currently the Criminal Justice instructor at NEWTECH Skill Center and is tasked with reestablishing the C.O.P.S. program in the district.

Yates is excited about the opportunities the NEWTECH C.O.P.S. Shop will bring his students. Thanks to a partnership with Spokane Community College, the NEWTECH Criminal Justice course has been recently retooled to more closely resemble a college course, allowing students to earn college credits while in high school.

“Our goal now is for students to be able to seamlessly transition to a college criminal justice program,” said Yates, noting that about half of his 50 students have signed on to be part of the C.O.P.S. Shop. “We’re creating leaders who are critical thinkers.”

NEWTECH C.O.P.S. Shop Open House

  • Tuesday, March 18th
  • 5 pm to 7 pm
  • 4141 N. Regal
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