I had the pleasure to work with Merlin Switzer throughout the last year on a city-wide initiative consultant project, more specifically for recruitment training at the Bridgeport Police Department. This training took place on March 24 and 25, 2010 at the Bridgeport Police Department Training Academy.
Mr. Switzer is very professional and he takes extreme pride in the services that he provides. I was able to assess his performance in the classroom and in other settings, and he was a keen ability to relate to the class participants. He goes above and beyond to ensure that each individual understands the concepts of his curriculum and he approaches learning in a patient and effective manner. It was a pleasure to work with Merlin, and the officers he trained formed the first ever recruitment team in the history of our department. This team, guided by the educational and practical training taught by Mr. Switzer, was able to recruit 2,200 candidates for our current class 25 recruits.
I highly recommend Mr. Switzer to provide instruction for all levels of police training. He has a wide array of instructional methods which include PowerPoint presentations, facilitated discussions, and small group activities. The quality of his handout material was remarkable and the class benefited tremendously. I have also attached a copy of his class evaluation for your review.
- Lt. Lonnie Blackwell, Bridgeport Police Department