Police Psychology


Transcript: 01/25/2018: KOAA (NBC) …tonight… we continue to follow the investigation into the shooting death of an adams county sheriff’s deputy… tonight… the sheriff identified that fallen deputy as 32 year old heath gumm. he worked for the adams county sheriff office since 2012… and leaves behind a wife… the colorado police officers foundation set up a fund to help gumm’s family… and you can find the link to that right now on the news five app… tonight… there is a suspect facing a charge of murder of a peace officer booked at the adams county jail. but the sheriffs office has still not named the gunman suspected of killing deputy gumm…. saying that doing so will compromise the investigation,… but did not say, how. police and sheriff’s deputies are still searching the area for two more suspects who were involved in the disturbance at a home in thornton… that led to the shooting. they are considered arm and dangerous… but the sheriff’s office has not released their description. and new at ten,.. a closer look at the psychology behind these deadly shootings,… has there been a cultural shift when it comes to respecting our men and women in blue. we are hearing from students who are pursuing a career in law enforcement…. what’s going through their minds. news five’s lena howland joins us live with their stories, lena? these students are symbolic of people hoping to make a difference in our community… despite a perception of fear for those working in law enforcement. ok rq :02 “i think acts against police officers happen everyday” :02 “it seems like this becomes almost an everyday thing” the stark reality is this…. deputy heath gumm murdered in the line of duty overnight,.. less than a month after douglas county deputy zackari parrish was ambushed and killed. :04 “again, that’s just something that people who are getting into this profession have to realize” uccs criminal justice students like senior, dalton hostetler aren’t letting that fear get in the way of their pursuit of the badge. :09 “i think that only drives me further, i’m not afraid of anything like that, my primary goal is to give back to the community and make it safer” others say, it’s a difficult profession that has caused some of their classmates to shy away. :10 “nobody wants to go into it because they feel it’s too dangerous or people are going to look at me differently or i’m going to be hated or i’m going to be hated so i’d say that yes, there’s been a major shift with that” criminal justice professor joe caudill tells us while there isn’t data to back up a higher rate of violence against police, perception is reality. :08 “uccs: if we can figure out ways to break down that barrier of the uniform and recognize these people as individuals, i think that’s beneficial” and he says despite recent acts of violence, most are going into this to help others. :10 “they want to serve the community and so that’s their motivation and so if they can still see a way to serve their community even though these things are happening, i think we’ll be alright” :06 “student: your job is to serve and you have to be strong for others and not let that fear get to you” by the way, a new u.s. news and world report study released this year shows these students are part of one of the top 25 criminal justice programs in the country at uccs watching out for you in …