Took a while to figure this one out, but in hindsight, it’s painfully obvious. I switched from XP 32-bit to Win7 64-bit last week, and just got Visual Studio loaded back up. I opened up one of my projects, hit run, and started getting COM exceptions about a class not being registered.
After a while, I finally found that the default compile options will compile for ‘Any CPU’, which will compile your project for the CPU you are on currently.
Week 7 covered gangs and crisis negotiation, and was the last class in the academy (the 8th week was a graduation ceremony). It was also 2 weeks ago, so this is a bit overdue.Unfortunately, no slides were handed out for either one of these topics, so I am running off memory.
Gangs are an issue in the Wyoming area. There are over 30 gangs currently active in the Wyoming area, ranging from east coast & west coast gangs, to local, independent gangs.
Week 6 covered the K-9 unit and TACT (SWAT) unit.
The K-9 unit currently has 4 dogs - Chico, Zeke, Arras, and Baron. All 4 are German Shepards, except for Arras, who is 1⁄2 Malinois. The dogs range in age from 3 to 5 1⁄2, and in price from $4500 to $9000. Dogs primarily come from European countries, since the bloodline of German Shepards in the US isn’t pure enough in most cases.
Like a lot of people in the past week, I just installed Windows 7 at home. I’m up and running now, but not without a few minor hiccups.
Windows 7 Home Premium would not do a seamless upgrade of my Vista Ultimate install. I had to do backup my files and do a Custom upgrade. The install process copied my Windows, Program Files, Program Files (x86) and Users folder to a Windows.
Really, I didn’t forget about it. There was no session last week, and its been a bit hectic.
Week 5 covered the detective bureau’s operations and the technical support unit (CSI).
Wyoming PD has 8 general detectives, 1 dedicated to auto theft, 5 total for the metro area fraud team (Wyoming, GR, Kentwood, and Kent County departments), and several sergeants and a lieutenant overseeing the department. The detectives review all incident reports from the patrol division, and determine if someone should be assigned to the case, or if it should just be filed away.
Week 4 of the Citizens Academy covered community services and police training.
WPD is involved in a number of programs in the community. There are several national programs, such as the National Night Out, and the Neighborhood Watch. There are also programs such as the Metro High School Police Academy (a 50 hour condensed version of the 800 hour MCOLES program), the Citizens Academy, and the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program.
Week 3 of the academy covered information services & communications. Wyoming Police responded to over 42,800 calls in 2008. Each of these calls ends up having a report, and information services is the department that handles storing, indexing, and retrieving these documents. Like most document indexing systems, everything has a key field it is tied to. In the WPD's case, it is the report number. All reports entered into the system are stored electronically, but they do still have reports on microfilm from the 1960s.
I signed up to be part of the 19th Wyoming Police Citizen’s Academy, an 8 week outreach and community involvement class offered by the WPD. The offer came in with the quarterly water bill, and I thought it would be a good way to start being involved around Wyoming.
Week 1 covered introductions and an overview of the department. The class has 30 people in it, from all areas of Wyoming.
Week 2 of the Citizen’s Academy covered patrols and traffic enforcement.
Considering the size of Wyoming, there are usually only 6 or 7 cars on patrol per shift. WPD is somewhat below the national average for officers per 1000 citizens, and that number will only continue to get worse with the retirement of the Deputy Chief, whose position will not be filled. The expansion of the city west towards the Metro Health area has placed additional strain on the coverage, since less than 10 years ago, most of that was all farmland, and now its a high traffic zone with the hospital and M6.
If you are reading the blog of a Microsoft developer, you shouldn’t be surprised when he posts examples using Bing. While I’m all for open source, and convincing people to switch, an MS blog probably isn’t the place to complain that Bing throws a warning in Konquerer and that Google Maps “just works”, especially when Bing works fine in Firefox, and the only reason you’re seeing that warning is because you are using a somewhat niche browser (yes, I realize that it’s essentially Webkit, and that if Chrome and Safari work, then it should, too).