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.
Stick in there bago. Great job finding the time to update us here at the Cafe. I am glad to hear that you are starting to get where you are enjoying it. If you don't mind me asking, about how many are there in your "class" you might say and how many have dropped out since you started. I understand you might not be able to divulge that or something, so that's cool.
joelamosobadiah wrote:Stick in there bago. Great job finding the time to update us here at the Cafe. I am glad to hear that you are starting to get where you are enjoying it. If you don't mind me asking, about how many are there in your "class" you might say and how many have dropped out since you started. I understand you might not be able to divulge that or something, so that's cool.
We started with 54 and are down to 50 now. Some classes lose as many as 10-15 people before graduation. Some quit, others flunk out because of tests, and others are fired for screwing up in a big way or screwing up too many times.
I am going on a ride along with some police officers in my city this evening I will be there from 5 PM to 3 AM, which is almost a whole shift for these guys. We are allowed follow them everywhere, except for getting out of the car on a traffic stop
good luck to you Bago. I have heard from the officers here that the beginning is not much fun