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Buzz Word Board Equips Students

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Every career has its own lingo. Law Enforcement is no exception and probably has more than most. 

The IVVC Law Enforcement (LE) program has a running board of lingo, or to be more scholastic, BUZZ WORDS (see picture). Every year for the last 8 years, the instructor has been adding words that either come up in lecture, during guest speakers, or by request of alumni who are now in the field. There are about 100 words on the board. The premise is that the instructor does not want the students to enter into the field and be in a conversation and not know what other officers are saying. Among LE words, there are a couple words that are used in everyday conversations. 

The LE class is tasked with teaching law enforcement, however, life lessons come up every now and then and the instructor makes sure that the students are well aware of words or phrases that they may hear as they go through adulthood. The students are then quizzed on the words and have to know what they mean, what part of speech they are and how to use them in either in a report, story (or narrative) or everyday conversation.

These words come in very handy when the class has guest speakers. One of the best advantages of being a student of the IVVC Law Enforcement class is that most of the guest speakers are personal friends of the instructor. From FBI agents to Secret Service agents to local police officers and even top secret CIA operatives, they all talk to the students as adults looking to enter the field and use common words that they would normally use in their daily discussions. Most of the guest speakers know of the Buzz Word board and add to it. During open house this year, a student’s dad, who was a retired Aurora Police Officer, asked if he could add a word. The instructor was more than happy to oblige.

 Last week, the students were assigned to write a story, fiction or non-fiction, using 10 of the words. The words had to be spelled correctly, used in the correct part of speech and of course, be appropriate for school. Some of the stories were very funny. See the video of them writing herehttps://m.facebook.com/vincelogan/videos/10215486513617825/


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