Officers give scouts a glimpse of police work

First Posted: 6/24/2014

ROCKINGHAM — Three officers from the Rockingham Police Department spoke about their jobs in law enforcement at the annual Richmond County Cub Scouts Day Camp on Tuesday at East Rockingham Park.

K-9 officer Sgt. Andy Ansley brought his partner Leica, a 13-year-old Belgian malinois, to give a small demonstration of her obedience, telling the scouts that they should also learn to be obedient. Ansley said he and Leica have been partnered for 10 years.

Detective Ronald Brigman came dressed in his SWAT gear to talk about the department’s Special Weapons and Tactics team. He told the scouts that the eight-member team goes through hours of special training. The team is usually called out for barricaded subjects and to serve high-risk drug warrants.

Cpl. Marcus Ricks, head of the department’s traffic division, spoke to the boys about vehicle and road safety.

“When y’all get into a car, it’s like riding a roller coaster,” he said.

Ricks stressed the importance of being buckled up correctly and told the scouts that it was against the law for them to ride in the back of a pickup truck at their age.

He told them if they were playing with a ball and it rolled into the street, they should get a parent to retrieve it.

While answering questions, Ricks said that he hasn’t had to shoot anyone, but he has been shot at.

During the week-long event, the 24 scouts will practice shooting BB guns and archery in addition to making bottle rockets and other crafts.

Cubmaster Misty Morgan, who organized the event, said the scouts will be working on earning belt loops for soccer, weather and science.

Morgan said the event will conclude Friday with a cookout.

Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-997-3111, ext. 16.