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 Hello Everyone!!!


I posted in the Introductions section so I will try to condense this down to my questions.


First off I would like to say that I have read many different posts on here and really wish I would have found this site sooner.  There is so much great infomation here.


Second as far as my background is concerned, I was recently selected to join an academy class.  I just wanted to share the news with someone as I am extremely excited about this and can't wait to start my new career.  It was a 2 year process with so many steps, but it was all worth it in the end.


I guess my question is this (Sorry if this has been discussed before, I tried looking for this topic but didn't find much).  I know academy training will differ from location to location but mine is about 22 weeks long.  I'm just looking for a general insight into how others might have worked.  What were some things you might have liked or disliked, or maybe something you wish you did differently.  Also, I'm guessing they break up the physical and classroom work from week to week but again not sure.


I really don't know what kind of examples I'm looking for but I guess it's more of a nervous energy going through me.


I appreciate any insight from anyone out there.  Thanks and have a great day!

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I am curious if an agency is sending you through the academy or if it is self sponsored? Also your question is to broad. Take a deep breath and relax.

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 Uncledennis,


Thanks for the response.


An agency is sending me through.  Once I complete the academy I think I have about 15 weeks of field training and them I'm on my own.  Before coming to this site I didn't know you could self sponsor at an academy.  I have only really applied to this department in Nebraska.


I will say it was quite nerveracking to go through all the steps, get the conditional offer and then go through more testing.  But once I got the final offer it was the best feelling of my life.


I know I have a long way to go but I'm so happy just to be to this point.


Yeah, I know my question is very broad though.  I just really wanted to share the news and see how other people's academy experience went.

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First allow me to congratulate you on the beginning of your journey. The fact that your Department is sending you means that they have faith you can and will successfully complete the Academy.


     The Training Officer at your Department is the main person that can tell you what you can expect at this academy as there are so many different ways they do there program. Some are like classrooms in a community collage setting and the physical training really is not very tough, plus you live off campus at home. Some are very difficult hardcore academies that are very much like Marine Boot camp with lot of stress and physical activities but you still live off campus and there are some that you live on campus. There are also those that are tough with about 1/3 physical training and 2/3rd educational and you live on campus and the doors lock at 10PM. The only time you are free is a couple hours in the evening and weekends where you are allowed to go home for the weekend but that is not necessary.


     Talk to your training officer, he or she should be able to tell you exactly what to expect and how best to prepare for it.

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Good luck and just relax and enjoy the ride. Each class is somewhat different and in the end you will be where you want to be.


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Congrats and good luck! Keep in mind you are being watched the entire time you are in the academy. Do your very best and give your best effort in everything you do. By the way for us PT was done at the end of the day, everyday. We had to bring our PT gear and change out.


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You sound more than ready to bite into whatever challenges you are presented! 


CONGRATULATIONS!!

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Congratulations! As was said earlier relax and enjoy the ride and just be a sponge. The cadre will tell you that of the "X" number of people in your training class "X" number will wash out or quit and be an academic drop. That is all true, but don't let that get to you and don't let the curriculum get you over stimulated.

Typically Constitutional Law is the toughest and yet the most interesting. Tough because it's boring to some, but interesting because that is the basis of our profession and then you have to learn State Law and that is the same way boring but interesting. The best way to get over that hump is treat it like a great bridge with a view that you must cross and understand intimately to get to your badge.

The next rough part for some is Firearms, usually people that have never shot before do very well because they don't have to re-learn the training the academy is teaching and always use your downtime to work out and study because the working out relieves the stress of the academy curriculum and eases you for study time. Law Enforcement Drivers Trainng is a bit harrowing because you have to learn how to control your vehicle and use in certain scenarios. It's also fun because you will be a professional driver when you qualify and you will be able to make a car do things that you never thought was possible.

The painful part is DT, defensive tactics, keeping physical fit will reduce your potential for injury and pay close attention to what you are taught and how it is taught because you will always need to remain vigil and updated on how to perform those tactics to protect yourself or others.

That is the highlights in a nut shell. Your excitement level will carry you through the first few weeks, but stay the course and always remember why it was you wanted to be a cop throughout your career and that will guide you on your path. Also take it very serious and remember, "God created cops so fire fighters could have heroes". Best of luck and keep us posted on your progress...

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 Thank you all very much.  This is a moment I have always dreamed about and almost can't believe it's coming true.  Although I know I still have a ton of work left to do.


 


cslguy, thanks for the great information.  It gives me a good idea of what I'm going to go through.  I know everyone has a different experience from department to department, but it's nice to see kind of what goes on.


 


On a side note, before coming to this site I was completely unaware that some academies allow you to go through without first having a job lined up (unless I'm misinterpreting that).


 


Looking back it was such a long process to go through the written test, physical test, video test.  Then take a polygraph, plus a background investigation and a chiefs interview.  After that I got the conditional offer and had to go through additional medical, physical, and psychological testing.  All I can say to others is just to stay the course.  No matter how many applicants there are there is always a chance.  If it's something you dream about then it can happen.


As it is now I'm working out like crazy and really pushing myself so I don't have any issues when I get there.  Only a short month ago I could barely do 5-10 pushups.  Now I'm maxing out at about 30 and feeling like I'm improving everyday.


Again I wish I would have found this site sooner, but I will keep you up to date on my progress through the academy and beyond.  What a rush to have a chance to do the greatest job in the world!

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Let's see........


10)  If you have a locker, leave it open and unsecured


9)  Wear the tie for the State Police instead of the tie for your agency


8)  Question all of your instructions


7)  Tell your PT instructor you can run a mile in 4 minutes


6)  Tell the wife (or girlfriend) that it is OK if she sends flowers to you on your first day


5)  Stand in squad formation with a wad of chew


4)  Spit said chew at the feet of the tac officer of your choice.


3)  Associate every question during class with "The other day on COPS, I saw (or they did)"


2)  Decide now to be the class "Know It All"


1)  Have at least one round in the chamber of your weapon at all times so you can fire said round into the locker room ceiling


Now that you have read all of that, and hopefully got a good laugh out of it, I hope you also take it seriously.  These are all things that got one or more people in trouble at some point during the time I was in the academy.  No, they were not all in my class.  Some were in the class or two ahead of me or class or two behind me.  #1 occurred several years before me but the staff made sure that we all saw the hole from a .45 cal round in the locker room ceiling with a red circle around it and a plaque dedicated to the former cadet.  As others have said, soak up as much knowledge as you can.  Follow directions of the staff EVEN IF THE DIRECTIONS SOUND REPETETIVE, REDUNDANT OR STUPID.  The faster you and your fellow cadets lose the INDIVIDUAL mentality and come together as a TEAM, the faster the staff will lay off.  While there may be individual awards upon graduation, there should be no individuals in your class.  Come to class every day prepared.  Make sure you have your uniform of the day squared away.  Have access to additional every day items just in case.  An extra tie and clip saved me (and no, I was not the one with the blue CHP tie).  I actually made sure that I had access to an entire extra uniform....... just in case.  Believe it or not, it saved me on more that one occasion.


Congratulations on being selected to the academy and in this economy, getting hired.  Don't waste the money of the department that is hoping that you graduate and become one of their finest.