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What are the top 5 rookie mistakes you have seen, believe are the most important, or had problems with yourself, and how can we avoid these?


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being to cocky...( just fresh outta the academy, and you think you know it all, and have all the answers....)  you really dont


not paying attention (to hands, other people around you, the scene, the victim)


every rookie has different faults, mistakes, flaws... and you learn as you go.  you have to listen in class, ask questions, get clarification,  you have to listen to your FTO, ask questions.  sometimes some people just dont make it.  they just dont get the point of being LEO.  you are signing up to deal with other people shit, problems, drama, solve issues, arrest mom and or dad, bother and sister.  take kids away from their families....  this is hard work and it takes  special person to wear the uniform.   but then there are times you bring a life into the world, save a life, and get a thank you.  its worth all that crap you have to deal with to get that thank you. 


 

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bmorgan says ...



Trying to enforce the letter of the law instead of the spirit of the law.  If you don't understand this post then you are guilty of this flaw.



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Rookie Officers are supposed to make mistakes, that's how they learn.  It seems that they learn less and less about patrol procedures these days and concentrate more on case law, and how to keep out of a law suit.  When they come right out of the academy, they have to be "deprogrammed" by their FTO and re-trained on how to survive the streets.  Some of the most common mistakes I have seen over the years are the lack of confidence, over-confidence, tunnel vision, failure to listen, inability to take critisizm and most important...lack of common sense.  This generation seems to think it's all about the Movies, TV and video games, they are not prepared for what really goes on out there. 

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Allowing people with poor attitude to cloud their judgement.   Some are too badge heavy and then when a citizen voices their complaint things sometimes get out of hand when they didn't need to.    Don't spend enough time reading and studying the laws that they will have to enforce.  I have often advised young officers that the tools of the trade are not the gun and the handcuffs but the laws and knowing how to apply them properly.

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Here are a few of the things I have seen in the past when traiing the new officer.



  1. Rookies seem to take things to personal.

  2. Rookies want to arrest everyone, instead of exercising good descretion.

  3. They don't know how to articulate good police report writing skills, (Who, What, Why, When, and Where).

  4. Rookies forget how to ask appropreate questions, and gather the necessary facts.

  5. They tend to take constructive help wrong.


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Awesome, thanks so much.


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Keeping in mind that FTO is the place for mistakes,
 
1)      Cocky
2)      Indecision
3)      “Why do I have to do that?”
 

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Don't forget that rookie mistakes are also veteran mistakes. There are cocky vets, there are know it all vets, there are lazy vets, there are vets that cant' write reports, there are vets who don't want to make the arrest when the arrest is needed.

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BUMP to that PKAPELUCK. we are all human and make mistakes learn from them and go on. If you don't learn from them you will fail agian and again. If you do learn from them but dwell on them you still lose. Admit when you screw up and take your lumps the administration will back you if you don't hide the truth. Remember your credibility is at stake and an uncredibile Law Enforcement Officer is unreliable and can not be used on the stand in a trial. In other words you will not be retained as a L.E.


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PKAPELUCK says ...



Don't forget that rookie mistakes are also veteran mistakes. There are cocky vets, there are know it all vets, there are lazy vets, there are vets that cant' write reports, there are vets who don't want to make the arrest when the arrest is needed.



Speaking out of turn about veteran officers based on hearsay. I have heard rookies vomit stuff like, "You know the thing about old so and so is that he........" when they have no first hand information. Its all based on things they have heard that that may or may not have any basis in truth. Just because you hear something about another from an FTO doesn't make it gospel. And until said rookie knows it to be fact or not they need to keep their mouths shut when speaking about someone they don't know. Wait, watch, listen and learn before making up your mind then make your decision for yourself. Until then you haven't earned the right.


It makes me think of the Movie Platoon and the two Sgts. And if you have seen the movie you know what I mean.


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-Giving info without knowing what they were talking about.(Unfortunately laws and morals are not always the same)


-Hesitation (Its not good to be rolling around with a pissed Italian, while your rookie partner is standing there trying to figure out what to do.


-Emotions and mouth (Its even worst when their mouth is what pissed the Italian off to begin with--and then you physically had to take him down) Sometimes you should be listening instead of talking


-Being cocky or stuck up to the public. (You might want to be nice to everyone, it may help you in the long run, because when the crap hits the fan, those are the folks that will be giving you the info you need)


 


 

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Good stuff. Thanks for this post. I was going to start one just like it if no one else had. I want to avoid as many mistakes as I can. I really want to give this my 120% and the more I can learn from other people's mistakes the better.

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RLC939 says ...



Rookie Officers are supposed to make mistakes, that's how they learn.  It seems that they learn less and less about patrol procedures these days and concentrate more on case law, and how to keep out of a law suit.  When they come right out of the academy, they have to be "deprogrammed" by their FTO and re-trained on how to survive the streets.  Some of the most common mistakes I have seen over the years are the lack of confidence, over-confidence, tunnel vision, failure to listen, inability to take critisizm and most important...lack of common sense.  This generation seems to think it's all about the Movies, TV and video games, they are not prepared for what really goes on out there. 



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