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I will be entering the police academy soon and just wanted some tips and advice on what to expect or prepare for. I have a general idea, but I would like some feedback on those who have gone through the academy. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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CARDIO ENDURANCE.  Run, really run, not on a treadmill.  If you're not used to running long distances on hard ground, you'll wind up with shin-splints.  Ideally, get to the point where you're comfortable running 4-5 miles at a stretch.


Don't worry too much about strength-building.  If you can knock out 25 push-ups, you'll be good to go.  If your academy is anything like mine, by the time you get to graduation, you'll have many thousands of push-ups under your belt.


Wouldn't hurt to squeeze some rounds off at a range so you have some familiarity with shooting, if you don't already.


Make sure you can devote all your focus to the academy process.  Extra-curricular distractions should be kept to a minimum.  You're going to need to be able to seriously study because the material will come fast and furious from day one.


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Be prepared to PAT ATTENTION TO DETAILS........this includes...


1.  Keeping your boots/shoes highly shined (spit polished)


2. Check you uniform and hat/cap daily for loose threads (Irish Pennants) stains, rips/tears (all will bring a tirade from the Instructors)


3. Be prepared to spend a LOT of time studying (try to form study groups with fellow recruits)


4. Eat healthy (no soda, fast food or junk food)


5. Pay attention to ALL instuctions and follow them to the letter (THINK....do not panic)


6. If you already know LEOs or friends with military experience have them teach you some military drill (Attention, At Ease, About Face, marching, etc)


7. You are about to enter a very Para-Military environment so make sure that you do not speak in street slang or use words like "Yeah", "Yup" etc.....the Instructors will be looking for just such a slip up.


8. When being addressed by an Instructor stand at attention with your eyes LOCKED straight ahead, regardless of where the Instructor is standing (Unless he/she orders you to look directly at them or in some other direction)


9. Don't joke or fool around with other recruits or anyone else when you think that the Instructors are not present, they are ALWAYS present and watch for such activity.


10. If you are unsure about something...ASK........you are there to learn!


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1.  Keeping your boots'shoes highly shined (spit polished)





 


You may not think appearance means much, perception is reality, so if you look like a dirtbag- you are a dirtbag.


While in my A-school-( our police training) we did drills in the grass- at night int he dark, the next morning they checked for any signs of mud or grass. Lets just say Chiefs don't like dirty boots and the whole class paid for it.


 


GOOD LUCK!!!


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You can't play the part, until you look the part..  Keep all your uniform items at a high standard, all uniforms, including PT.  The first thing anyone will notice about you is your uniform, if you look like a blivet, you are a  blivet, no ways of getting around that.


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Before you start the academy buy a hand held tape recorder for your notes! You will want to hear what your Instructors said that day over and over that night while you are doing your homework. That way while you are in the classroom you can keep a low profile. You do not want to draw attention to yourself.

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Retleo says ...



Be prepared to PAT ATTENTION TO DETAILS........this includes...


1.  Keeping your boots/shoes highly shined (spit polished)


2. Check you uniform and hat/cap daily for loose threads (Irish Pennants) stains, rips/tears (all will bring a tirade from the Instructors)


3. Be prepared to spend a LOT of time studying (try to form study groups with fellow recruits)


4. Eat healthy (no soda, fast food or junk food)


5. Pay attention to ALL instuctions and follow them to the letter (THINK....do not panic)


6. If you already know LEOs or friends with military experience have them teach you some military drill (Attention, At Ease, About Face, marching, etc)


7. You are about to enter a very Para-Military environment so make sure that you do not speak in street slang or use words like "Yeah", "Yup" etc.....the Instructors will be looking for just such a slip up.


8. When being addressed by an Instructor stand at attention with your eyes LOCKED straight ahead, regardless of where the Instructor is standing (Unless he/she orders you to look directly at them or in some other direction)


9. Don't joke or fool around with other recruits or anyone else when you think that the Instructors are not present, they are ALWAYS present and watch for such activity.


10. If you are unsure about something...ASK........you are there to learn!



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I will be entering the police academy soon and just wanted some tips and advice on what to expect or prepare for. I have a general idea, but I would like some feedback on those who have gone through the academy. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!



Study....dedicate several hours a night to studying.  Much of LE is bookwork...penal code, procedure, case law...etc etc.


The physical will come, its the "school" aspect that gets many people

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Small Tip: (coming from someone who hires people on a regular basis)  if your uniform doest fit ... find a taylor for goodness sakes.  There is no shame in looking pristine!

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KUDOS to you for making it to the Academy!  Retleo has provided you with some very important points. Also be ready for many, many pushups and a lot of running. It will be a very stressful time but keep your eye on the "prize". Stay focused on your studies and listen carefully to your instructors. Best of luck to you!

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I am getting ready to go to the police academy and what should I expect in the fist weeks of the academy?

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congats on being accepted. Pay attention in class, go over material at nigth even if you think you know it. Set a good example for your other classmates, and remember, instructors will contact chiefs if you do well, or act like a southbound horse. The academy will give you the info you need to succeed, its up to you to make it work.

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I am getting ready to go to the police academy and what should I expect in the fist weeks of the academy?



As long as you have good study habits, youll be fine. its nothing life altering

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I am not sure where you are appying, but you should check into departments that have some sort of pre academy fitness program....That being said, LAPD has a pre academy where you can go up to three days a week and go on runs, do push ups sit ups etc, and practice different things (I.E. broadcasting over the radio while doing a foot pursuit)....you also get introduced to the stress level....It looks like you are in IL, so you might want to check out if chicago or another big city in the area has a similar program...most likely to participate, you just have to be in the process with them.....


I have told friends of mine who were applying to other agencies to throw an application with LAPD so they could take advantage of all the pre academy and hiring seminars that LAPD has....... I dont think you are looking to get hired by the LAPD, but they do have a very descriptive website of what to expect throughout the hiring process and academy....I am sure it is pretty universal, and would apply to whichever dept you get hired with...check out: joinlapd.com


with us, you dont need to sign up to participate, you just show up, sign a waiver and get your butt kicked....


If you dont have a similar program in your area, RUN RUN RUN, go up hills, down hills (down always hurt me the most),  do sit ups, push ups, watch TV in the "up" position of a push up until your arms start to shake, and then hold it....pull ups, lunges, sprints............mostly work on physical stuff so you can focus 100% on academics while in the academy....if you have never shot a gun before, I recommend that you dont go out and try to....most of our best shooters had never shot before.....the academy will show you the correct way and you dont want to have to correct any old bad habits.......


I could go on and on, but it depends on how much time you have before you are entering the academy (i.e. if you have time, take some CJ courses, english writing classes etc)


 


Here are some tips from the LAPD training division.....i never had seen this before but it looks useful


http://www.joinlapd.com/pdf/LAPD%20Fitness%20Brochure.pdf


 

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RUN RUN RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 Hi


i will be starting the lapd academy in 11 days. I am prior military so as far as the par military , inspection and pt goes im not to worried , but i also dont underestamate it either. I am more concerd about the ademics. can any one help ease my mind?


im ok with studying and doing classroom work , but i am not the fastest learner , i know i will deicate alot more time in the class then others and im find with that ,but can anyone give me an insider on the class room learning and exam? not asking for asnwer or test copies none of that. i do need something. Is it hard, Is it straight foward? are they there to help or if you dont get it there throwing you to the curb? 


 


hope for a answer


thank you

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 Hi


i will be starting the lapd academy in 11 days. I am prior military so as far as the par military , inspection and pt goes im not to worried , but i also dont underestamate it either. I am more concerd about the ademics. can any one help ease my mind?


im ok with studying and doing classroom work , but i am not the fastest learner , i know i will deicate alot more time in the class then others and im find with that ,but can anyone give me an insider on the class room learning and exam? not asking for asnwer or test copies none of that. i do need something. Is it hard, Is it straight foward? are they there to help or if you dont get it there throwing you to the curb? 


 


hope for a answer


thank you


 


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You'll likely make fast friends with some of your classmates...start a carpool as soon as you can and get involved in study groups as well.  It can make a world of difference to those stuggling.


Good luck, perhaps I'll see you out there come Christmas time...

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Thank you both. 


 

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Bump to my friend IowaNinersFan in regard to the spelling.Bump to my friend MetroRW30,as well.This is exactly what I and four classmates did throughout our academy.Much good fortune to you---Dave

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Batgirl,a huge bump to you.Unfortunately my academy class had no females.In fact when I came on there were only three females on the job in a town of half a million.When the ladies did come on they were frequently not well received.I went out of my way to see that I could befriend them and assist my sisters in every way possible.They were slowly accepted by the males and fit in and adapted to every phase and facet of police work.In fact I was an F.T.O. with two of them,one who became a Deputy chief.I did work "John Operations with them when I worked "Vice".We could always tell who our girls were,because they were much more beautiful,classy and intelligent than the real ladies of the night.

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Of the 30 recruits we started the academy with, four of those were women ages from 24 to 32, We're now down to 22 recruits and we still have four women. Of the eight that are no longer there, one was a firefighter that liked to brag on himself quite a bit and talked about how easy PT was gonna be for him, he lasted 2 weeks. Most of the others were younger guys in there twenties, who like one of our instructors says, didn't have what it takes, and that was the nicest thing he said about them, I won't repeat the rest because it isn't very positive at all. Anyway, from what I've seen from these ladies, if I were in their department, I would be glad to be partnered up with either of them because they are very dedicated to what they're doing.

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 i am prior military and i have worked with females even though i was infantry, i would never disrespect a fellow sister like that, she is there and picked for a reason as am I. Everyone in the academy should be there to not only to make it throught but to help there fellow brother and sister. Anyone who is not willing to do that should not even show up on the first day.


"JUST SAYING"


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