Saturday, March 18, 2017

D.A.R.E. Elementary School Curriculum

Bob Osborne is a resident of Farmington, CT, and a law enforcement officer who has served with the Bristol Police Department since 2002. Named Officer of the Year in 2006, Bob Osborne is an active member of the Farmington community and supports organizations such as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. 

Since its establishment in 1983, D.A.R.E. has remained committed to teaching children the skills they need to lead lives free of drugs and violence. The organization’s keepin’ it REAL elementary school curriculum identifies the fundamental skills and processes required for healthy development, among them communication, self-awareness, and responsibility. By teaching young people how to evaluate potential consequences, the program promotes impulse control and healthy decision-making about not just drugs, but relationships, schoolwork, and social lives, as well. Currently, the D.A.R.E. curriculum is taught in 75 percent of the United States’ school districts and in more than 52 countries worldwide.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

How Arrest Warrants Work

Bob Osborne of Farmington, CT, has served as a police officer in nearby Bristol since 2002. Farmington, CT's Bob Osborne comes to his work with an in-depth knowledge of arrest warrants and other police procedures.

As the name indicates, an arrest warrant legally permits a police officer to take an individual into custody. It must specify the individual who is subject to the arrest as well as the specific crime that the person has allegedly committed. There must be sufficient concrete evidence to indicate that the named individual has committed that crime.

A police officer must present this information before a judge by way of an affidavit. The officer must voluntarily compose this document and must do so under oath, so as to affirm that the officer believes in the guilt of the named suspect.

Because an arrest warrant names a specific crime, the court may issue multiple warrants for the same subject. Each warrant remains valid until it is fulfilled and the police have taken the suspect into custody.

Friday, January 20, 2017

D.A.R.E. Keepin' It Real Program

Bristol Police Department officer Bob Osborne of Farmington, CT, spends much of his free time giving back to his community. One of the programs that Bob Osborne supports in the Farmington, CT, area is D.A.R.E., which seeks to prevent elementary and middle school students from getting involved with drugs and other criminal activity.

Though D.A.R.E. primarily focuses its efforts on drugs and violence, the lessons learned with its Keepin' It REAL curriculum extend into other healthy lifestyle decisions and give students the tools they need to make good choices throughout their lives. Based on the Socio-Emotional Learning Theory, this curriculum helps students by identifying the skills and processes they need to develop social, emotional, and mental models that they can continue to use forever.

Mutual understanding, communication, and decision-making are a few of the skills the program highlights. By encouraging young people to consider the potential consequences of their actions and control impulses, it equips participants with the ability to do more than just resist the temptation of drugs and alcohol. The curriculum includes 10 lessons, which initially focus on decision-making and then build outward from one another.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Three CrossFit Tips for Total Beginners

Serving as a police officer for the Bristol Police Department, Bob Osborne of Farmington, CT, was named the 2006 Police Officer of the Year. Outside of work, Bob Osborne enjoys staying physically active and loves CrossFit training. 

If you are new to the CrossFit fitness regimen, you might be a little confused and intimidated. These three tips will help you ease into CrossFit and make the most out of it early on. 

1. Form – Before you start to worry about working out with weights, make sure you have proper form down perfectly. Watch others in your gym, and don’t be afraid to ask for pointers and advice. Poor form leads to bad habits that are harder to break once you have gotten into a routine, so work on establishing good form from the beginning. 

2. A Good Gym – While you can do CrossFit at home or at your normal gym, consider finding a gym, otherwise known as a “box,” that emphasizes CrossFit. Find a place that has a quality coaching staff to help you while you are learning the ropes. The positive community of like-minded exercisers is an added bonus. 

3. Friendly Competition – Friendly competition is part of the spirit of CrossFit. Many boxes keep track of the weight you lift and repetitions you complete during each class. This score, while making it easier to track your own progress, can also help motivate you to push harder, to keep up with others in your class.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Nine Foundational Movements of CrossFit


A police officer with 14 years of experience on the Bristol, CT, police force, Farmington resident Bob Osborne was named the department’s Police Officer of the Year in 2006. Away from work, Bob Osborne enjoys running the trails around Farmington, CT, and practicing CrossFit.

A form of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), CrossFit workouts are built around practical motions that borrow from a variety of sports including gymnastics, running, weightlifting, and rowing. Core strength and conditioning are the primary goals of this fitness practice, and participants keep records of their performance to motivate themselves and develop useful data.

CrossFit programs are designed around nine “foundational movements,” which can be divided into three broad categories:

1. Squats - The squat-related CrossFit exercises are the air squat, front squat, and overhead squat.

2. Presses - The three presses practiced in CrossFit are the shoulder press, push press, and push jerk.

3. Lifts - CrossFit athletes regularly practice the weighted deadlift, sumo deadlift high pull, and medicine ball clean.