Well I just finished my 2nd week. My entire body hurts. Right now I've got a bad crick in my neck and can't really look to the left. Does that get me off the hook for PT (physical training)? Nope. We get our first curriculum test Monday. We are tested weekly and if we fail a test we get to take it again. If we fail the re-test we are fired, no ifs ands or buts. This past Wednesday was by far the toughest. We had to do these things called Burpees. Basically what it is... you squat down to the ground and place your palms on the ground. You then kick your feet back behind you landing in a standard push-up position. You then do one pushup. Then you kick your feet back up underneath you, and explode off the ground jumping as high as you can. That's ONE burpee. We were then told we had to do 20 of those, and then 1 pushup by itself. Then 19 more of them, then 2 pushups. Then 18 more, and then 3 pushups. Until you are doing just 1 burpee and 20 pushups. It was killer. By far the most physically exhausted I've ever been. I've got pretty good upper body strength and by the time I was 3/4 of the way done I couldn't do a single pushup. In fact when I tried my arms gave out and I had no strength to catch my fall and I face planted into the ground, which then had my jaw hurting for a couple of days. My shirt was completely drenched in sweat, and keep in mind this is in temperatures of near 100 degrees. So yeah, that day sucked. The rest haven't been as bad.
It's funny all the stuff you learn about how cops operate. Before I got this job, I never really thought much about how cops do their jobs. You just watch the show COPS or whatever and you see them working, but you don't really know what all things they're looking for and doing. For example, anytime you approach a subject you're supposed to approach them from your non-gun side to make it harder for them to take your gun away from you. There are countless little things like that which the common man probably wouldn't give a second thought, but police officers have to think about.
So far most of what we've learned is basically the rules and regulations that we as officers will have to live by. Haven't gotten into the law, shooting, driving, defensive tactics, etc. much. In other words, we're learning what can get us fired first and foremost. Haha... it's been fun and it's been tough at the same time. It gets a little easier every day, and all of the recruits in my class are finally starting to loosen up a little around each other and build that bond with each other. I'll keep you guys updated.
"90% of the game is half mental" - John Madden