Name: Robert Casturo
Municipality Where You are Interning: Glassport Police Department
Please Tell us About Yourself.
I am a 2015 graduate of Saint Vincent College, and a first-year law student at Pennsylvania State University School of Law in University Park.
What Attracted You to the Municipal Intern Program?
After interning on Capitol Hill for U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-18th, last summer, I wanted to get more experience on the local government level. I believed many of the skills I learned on the federal level would apply directly to local government and provide recognizable help to a local community where I could see all of my hard work put into place.
What is the project you will be working on this summer and what is your interest in this project?
I will be rewriting and updating the Glassport Police Department's Policy and Procedures Manual this summer. As an incoming law student at Penn State, I am interested in how to apply the law to practical situations in local government. With the manual update, I am able to apply new laws and case law to situations officers will be placed in to give them proper procedures that could save lives or prevent lawsuits.
What do you hope to learn by the end of this internship?
I hope to learn a more concise, practical type of writing. In school, essays and papers have word limits that force the writer to expand their thoughts. In a professional setting, manuals and other documentation should be shorter and quicker to the point. I hope to enhance my practical writing skills to allow the officers to get the most out of the manual without wasting their time reading fluff.
My first day on the job...
In order to write the policy and procedures manual for the police department, I had to get familiar with the department and the old manual. My first day consisted of the typical paperwork for all jobs or internships, as well as a tour of the borough to see the area I am writing policies for, and a reading of the old policy manual to see what I am working with.