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Attending the police academy
Attending the police Academy
I decided to write this hub for those folks who are planning on attending a police academy soon or possibly just considering it. I am writing from experience as I am currently attending a police academy here in Florida and at this point I am half way through the academy. Our course length is just shy of six months long and I am now at month three.
What to expect
Military it up folks: If you don't come from a military background you are in for a culture shock. I'm not sure about all police academies but mine takes it military style. You arrive to your class with plenty of time before it starts so you can prepare your desk properly. Your cover is placed on your top left edge with your name tag in the middle and your water bottle is just to the right of your cover then your study book in front of you. You don't sit just yet, you are waiting till 60 seconds is called. You now stand at attention behind your pushed in chair. Promptly at 0700 your are directed to face the flag, place your right hand over your heart and recite the pledge of allegiance. Afterwords if you don't have a scheduled dress inspection or possibly a surprise dress inspection you are then instructed to take your seat by the instructor and class begins.
Some rules to live by: If you get up and out of your seat make sure you push your chair in or you could earn you and your class mates some push ups. Yes, if YOU mess up the whole class messes up. Always address your instructors properly, Yes Ma'am or Yes, Sir. When in the hallway if an instructor or a uniformed officer is seen you must stand at attention untill either they pass or you are told, "As you were". Absolutely no cell phones in the class room. Make sure your gig line is always straight. Definitely make sure your boots are always polished and shiny. Never wear your cover inside.
Always be prepared: We have three different types of uniforms we wear, The class A, B and C. At any point in the day you may be required to go from one to the other and back again. You have to make sure you have all your required uniforms available through out the day. Make sure they are free of wrinkles, pressed and your patches have a nice crease in them. Always make sure you bring duplicates just in case you spill your coffee or something on the one your wearing. You will need to be sure you can change your clothing as you will not be allowed to wear a soiled uniform.
Be prepared for the dummy: We have a wooden dummy which was given the name of, "JR". For this unlucky cadets that don't follow rules and they manage to get into trouble they can expect to be written up and issues a JR. If you get issued a JR you have to carry him with you everywhere you go during the duratatation of your assignment.
Your first month
Month #1: The first month is mostly class time where you start with learning about the entry into law enforcement and what to do and what not to do. We cover values and ethics, sexual harassment, structure of the criminal justice program, chain of command, evolution of laws, constitutional law, classification of offenses, standards of legal justification, search and seizure. You will also do your fitness training initial assessment.
Week number two you have your first test and you will now startup your PT program (physical fitness). Class time now goes over search and seizure again, laws of arrest, use of force, laws of interrogation, criminal intent, elements of crimes, levels of criminal involvement, legal defenses to criminal responsibility.
Week number three we learn about legal defense, evidence rules and concepts, civil and criminal liability, juvenile law, civil issues, effective communication and professional communication.
Week number four. Officially one month in! Guess what, it's the dreaded legal exam time. Now class is going to cover professional communication, disability awareness, physical imparements, developmental disabilities, veterans, juviniles, elderly people, mental illness, homeless people, substance abuse, interacting with people in crises, suicide situations, the baker act, the marchman act, criminal gangs, extremest groups and note taking.
PT training (physical fitness training) is a core part of the academy. They focus on keeping your self in top physjcal shape. In PT we run, run and run! Push ups, pull ups, sit-ups, burpees, jumping, climbing, hurdles, even pushing squad cars around the driving pad.
Week 5 we cover interactions in a diverse community, interviewing preparing and conducting.
Week 6 we start report writing all week and also we start DT (Defensice Tactics) this week.
Week 7 more report writing, mobile electronic devices, electronic sources of information, community oriented policing & problem solving, stress management, officer safety and survival and patrol basics.
Week 8 we cover initial response, Approaching and contacting the suspect, responding as backup, establishing a perimeter, conducting building/ground searches, taking custody of the suspect, CPR, processing the prisoner, assisting the public lastly well being and security checks.
DT (Defensive Tactics)
DT (Defensive Tactics) is a very intense and long part of the training but also a very important part of the training. Our block is 80 hours long. We usually have 3 hours each day of DT training. We train hard core because you revert to the way you train when on the street. The video clip here will show some of the stuff covered in DT. This is the part that makes or breaks people because some just cant take it. Generally at this point we lose some people. Eiher you make it or one of the below takes place:
- Someone quits because of the intensity of the training
- Accidents happen. Yes, because of the level of intensity of training you could easily get hurt. There are several students that' attend only our DT sessions because they already went through the academy but wasn't able to complete their DT block because they got injured.
It is called Defensive Tactics but we cover other high liability topics in DT as well. We also cover handcuffing, firearms from the ground, searching and pat downs.
Week 9 we cover responding to alarms, environmental hazards, non custodial transport, death notification, intro to first aid, human body, scene size up, patient assesment, moving patients, multiple casualty incidents, shock, bleeding/soft tissue injuries, puncture wounds, spinal/head/neck injuries, animal complaints, special event security, crowd control, civil disturbances, civil standby, disorderly and irate people and arrest by court order.
Week 10 we cover extremity injuries, chest/abdominal/genital injuries, burns, asthma/heart attack/stroke, assisting in childbirth, diabetes/seizures, heat/cold related injuries, abdominal pain/poisoning/drug related overdoses, responding to vehicle fires, serving civil processes, assist in the execution of search warrants, unattended/abandoned or disabled vehicles, roadway obstruction or damage, impounding a vehicle and vehicle traffic.
Week 11 :(
10-7 for Now
Unfortunately for me this is where my story is going to be paused. I recently suffered tremendous financial hardship which is preventing me from continuing the academy. At this point of writing this hub I have missed around three weeks of class. The good news is I will be returning next week if all goes well as planned. I will have to make up the missed time after my class finishes as well as the pepper spray exercise I missed. Once I am back at the academy I will write my next hub continuing where I left off from this one. I hope you subscribe or bookmark me so you can continue following me and my journey at the police academy!