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I am looking for general information on what the average day is like in a police academy. I have military training and I am wondering if it is similar? Wake up at zero dark stupid, painful PT, yelling, endless classroom hours, surprise inspections, instructors coming up with creative ways to make your life miserable to try and get you to wash out.... Or is it somewhere between the college routine and a more tame military course?


Do you have to earn your free time etc?


Feel free to expand as I am information greedy

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Varies widely from academy to academy, some are almost para-military, others have a more relaxed approach.  I have attended 2, one of each type.  Regardless, initially most of your time initially  will be spent in a classroom setting and in my academies the PT was at the end of the day.  Neither of my academies were 'live in' ones so I went home at the end of the day, usually around 1700 hrs or a little later and was back about 0800 hrs the next morning.  Mine were monday through friday with weekends and holidays off.  Caevat is that mine were a while ago, my last academy was in 1988, and only about 18 weeks.

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Yelling...... Lots and Lots of yelling.  It's all your fault and the fault of your fellow cadets.  You find out after living your entire childhood and into your adult life that you can not walk right, talk right, stand right, sit right or dress right.  As punishment, you do lots and lots of psh-ups.  More push-ups than you ever did your entire childhood (never-mind your adult life) combined..... all in one day.  You get yelled at some more.  You march (walking in rythem and time).  Get yelled at some more and do more push-ups.  You run.  You get yelled at some more and do more push-ups.  You dress and undress and dress again from unidorm of the day to PT clothes..... more in one day than you might otherwise inantire month.  You find out that you are still doing it wrong, get yelled at some more and do more push-ups.


So much for your first day or "Day Zero."


Repeat every day until you all get it as a class.


You graduate only to throw out much of what you learned as you enter your FTO phase in your department.


Have fun...... snicker snicker snicker

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Each agency/department run their academies different - some are like basic training some are a mixture of academic and some military style.  I was 40 yoa when I went through -- you can do it .. It is your heart that matters - how bad do you want that badge...

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Relax and take a deep breath. If you were in the military you will be fine. Don't overthink. I've known officers that attended the academy in their 50's.

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Good responces thus far.Yes,all law enfocement agencies are semi-military organizations.If you have been in the service you are light years ahead of those who weren't.No,it is not quite the B.S. that you faced in the service ,BUT ,if you slack off you will hear about it.You will receive a new brand of education in recruit school(academy),and yes your F.T.O. will probably tell you to forget all you learned there.You will learn this job requires you to use the best common sense you have in your life and observe everything.Absorb knowledge like a sponge.Accountants have erasers on their pencils for mistakes.If you make a mistake on the street ,in a tight situation,it could cost your life or someone elses.The main thing you must immediately learn is that this is most definately not Hollywood B.S. or Dirty Harry B.S. uncledennis imparts fine advice.Relax and let it come to you.You can be proud of the badge but never get badge happy or badge heavy--Good fortune in your endeavors....Dave

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I won't name the academy around me but... PT in the morning which involves maybe running around the track with heavy bag for a couple of laps, being pushed down and told to get back up only to be pushed down again x200, box your fellow cadets and then when you win box the instructor (You will lose), lots of pushups and running, and then shower and dress in 3 minutes.  There are 22 recruits and only 10 shower heads. Classroom time in the afternoon

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 Thanks for the replies gentlemen. I was purely looking for information on the style of these courses. They sound pretty standard. I am not worried about getting through a leo academy, after 4 years in the army, recon selection and Afghanistan I should be fine. 


I appreciate the heads up. This community has been very helpful.

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I have no doubt you will make it.I'm also an Army vet.

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ssu459 says ...



I have no doubt you will make it.I'm also an Army vet.


 


Thought I caught an army feel in your post. Thanks for the advice.


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As a DD214 child, you'll be fine.


As has been stated, academies vary. From high stress to college feel.


I have taught at both.


After all has been said and done, I prefer a blending of both styles. I put them on notice, induce stress as needed, provide an open communication platform and keep my pen sharp. They are going to be operating as solo officers/deputies at some point. So I need to have them making competent decisions based on balanced training. Solo. Also, law enforcement definitely has different rules of engagement.


Interesting item: Army folks generally don't polish boots. Cuz there are no boots to polish. All y'all wear desert-style boots. Even my veterans got schooled in how to put on black polish.


 


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I just remembered...........


The 50 lap Code 3 run to the (pride) bell at about the third week.


OMG, That was fun............... and very funny.  Thank you very much Tac Officer / Sgt Asmus Inglewood (California) PD Ret.  Good Times!!!!!!  I don't think I ever laughed so hard at being humiliated as a class.

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As a DD214 child, you'll be fine.


As has been stated, academies vary. From high stress to college feel.


I have taught at both.


After all has been said and done, I prefer a blending of both styles. I put them on notice, induce stress as needed, provide an open communication platform and keep my pen sharp. They are going to be operating as solo officers/deputies at some point. So I need to have them making competent decisions based on balanced training. Solo. Also, law enforcement definitely has different rules of engagement.


Interesting item: Army folks generally don't polish boots. Cuz there are no boots to polish. All y'all wear desert-style boots. Even my veterans got schooled in how to put on black polish.


 


Haha lucky for me I had to put up with 2 years of boot shining before we got issues dessert boots. Not looking forward to the dress uniform inspection bit all over again...


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Attending my Department Academy was a really good experience for me---I LOVED IT!  I think mine was probably more College Oriented---seems like we were always taking written tests on some phase of training or a Penal Code!  About half the day was spent in PT--Tactical Exercises---Riot Control Training---Learning how to Direct Traffic----Firearms Training---Defensive Driving, First Aid, etc.  (I had never shot a pistol or shot-gun before)(probably the only one there that hadn't) 


Had to fight everyone in the class---lost every-time LOL, learned real quick I had to approach LE differently than my brothers.  Had to use my head instead of my fists, so much.  However did get offensive/ defensive training that even I was able to use against the most violent perp and come out ahead---never lost a fight in the field.  Of course I had plenty of back-up---don't know what I would've done w/o my Brothers in Blue. 


God, I miss those Guys---they were the greatest----my brothers from another mother. 


To the op---no problem for you---you'll probably be one of the top in the class and your military experience will make you just that much better. 


Best to you!


 


 

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