General Forums >> Introductions >> I am new in the field!!Houston!

-1

I am new in the field!!Houston!

376 Views
15 Replies Flag as inappropriate

-18 posts

back to top

Posted over 4 years ago

 

Hello all,


I am going to start Police Academy in Houston(HCC) at the end of this month.  I would like any advise on what to expect. I will be doing academy in the evenings for 9 months. I would like any input at all. I have been a teacher for the last 7 years in HISD and making the transition.  After a couple of years, I want to try for SWAT. ANyone from the area, or did thier academy at HCC?

Silver_warrior_max50

1490 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

First off, welcome to Police Link from Michigan.  Secondly, didn't know they had academies in the evening hours only.  Usually an academy is similar to a boot camp. . . .up before dawn in the morning, physical training right off before breakfast, book learning (lectures) before noon and then practicals in the afternoon.  How they run a 9 month, evening only academy. . . .I wouldn't even begin to try to figure out.  I can only say that there is probably a lot lost compared to a "full time" academy.  Things such as discipline, learning how to work together as a class and in general learning how to deal with the stresses that come about in everyday work in this field.


Good luck with your academy though and just remember that the more you put into the schooling. . . .the more you get out of it.


I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I expect the same from them.

John Bernard Books, from "The Shootist"

-18 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

Thanks for responding. This is part time, for people that work a regular job during the day. I will work my job, then have academy from 530 to 1000 Monday through Friday.. Otherwise, I would not be able to afford to quit my job to start academy. Its a great set up and I have Orientation Monday.

Silver_warrior_max50

1490 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

Good luck to you in your endeavors.  Also, if you are looking at SWAT as a possible goal, just remember that their fitness requirements are extremely high.  If I were you, I would start running to build your endurance, maybe join a gym to build your strength.  Obviously not having met you before, I make these suggestions knowing that the "fitter" you are, the more confidence you will have and the closer to your goal you will be when the time comes.


I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I expect the same from them.

John Bernard Books, from "The Shootist"

74596_129289523905506_927477597_n_max50

1076 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

Welcome to PL!


Adapt, improvise and overcome.
YaYa Dancing Wolf

45089_396847393722850_1055776862_n_max50

4253 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

 Howdy! Greetings from Hotlanta and welcome aboard.


The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head
- Proverbs 20:29

Nemo me impune lacessit

YaYa SuzieQ

Photobucket

Little_cat_on_christmas_eve_max50

2553 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

 Welcome to PL from PA


YaYa Sister
"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"-voltaire

White_shirt_max50

5089 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

I posted on your other discussion. My State of Missouri has evening classes for students that work a full time job. I commend anyone that works and attends academy classes on their own time.

-264 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

Hi, Welcome to PoliceLink from Long Island, New York

-46 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

Welcome to the link from the bluegrass of KY.  I visited Houston and Galveston a few years back, beautiful place but to dang HOT for me!  Good luck and GO HARD in your academy!!!

Dsc02083_max50

617 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

 In Ohio we have part time academies day and night.  When i went to  the part time academy  was only at night.  Best of Luck!


Some departments still have their own academies , the state runs a full time academy as does the state highway patrol.


I went four nights a week for 4 hours a day and 8 hours on Saturday, still worked my regular job at 40 hours a week.

White_shirt_max50

5089 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

You must mean 1730 to 2200hrs.

Rifle3_max50

144 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

We have the same kinda academy here. The one i attented had morning, nights and weekeneds. Working and going to the academy can be a pain, but stick it out, it only makes your dedication stronger. I agree that a full time mon-fri is a better option, but some of us dont that that option.


 I wish you the best of luck, all i can say is dont slack off because u see other people doing it. I saw alot of that and in the end they would not pass the state test.


Welcome to Police Link and i wish the best of luck to you.


I like things challenging and complicated otherwise what fun would it be. ;-)

-191 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

Welcome to policelink from KS.  Here is an old, but interesting thread reference AA1168 : http://policelink.monster.com/topics/66343-academy-graduation-percentage/posts

-67 posts

back to top
Rate

Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

Its very common in Texas to see night academies at community colleges, and your universities even have day time academies that are the same 4-5 hours that night academies are. All your community colleges with law enforcement academies have day academies that are 8 hours.


VERY VERY few academies in Texas are the type of academies that are like the DPS or the University of Texas Police where you live in a barracks and pretend that you are in the military. Thats by and large gone by the wayside. And those agencies that operate their own academies are generally large metropolitan police departments such as Houston PD, Pasadena PD, Dallas PD, Harris County Sheriffs Office...etc etc. Almost every agency in Texas requires you to send yourself to the academy and then apply, or be prior service police officer from another agency. Even the agencies with their own academies are not the military basic training type academies...you go home in the evenings..etc etc.


Regarding SWAT, make sure you work for an agency that actually has a SWAT or SRT unit. SWAT units are generally full time teams and those are limited to your Houston, Dallas agencies....not sure if Fort Worth, San Antonio, etc etc have full time teams. Most agencies that even have SRT units (generally part time/on call teams) are few and far between. SRT/SWAT is NOT common in LE...and in a bad economy, many of them never see SWAT/SRT call outs as the money (and the personnel) are "back to basics."