Monday, January 19, 2009

Week Two

Ah, two weeks down so far (with April 17th very far into the future). This week was a little bit different than the last - we prepared for our "Break Out Weeks" and because of this had to go through some pretty long classes. But, more about that later... here's how the week went!

Monday 01/12/09
0800-0850 Written Exam #1
0900-1150 Physical Education
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1550 Physical Education
1600-1650 Jail Incarcerations
1700-1745 Dinner

I got back to ILEA late Sunday night (as I will probably do every week seeing as its a long, long three hour drive) and sat down with a buddy who lives in another dorm and began to study for our exam. Per ILEA standards you only need to pass any exam with a 75% but as this was the first exam we were all pretty worried about what to expect... come Monday morning I took the exam which was based off of the previous week's topics and an hour later found out I passed with a 94%. I even switched a couple of correct answers to incorrect ones, so I'm not too upset about it. Then for a majority for the rest of the day we had a physical education lecture (very similar to the one last week) that went more in depth to nutrition. It was fairly interesting but six hours of the same lecture does get a bit long. The final hour of the day was about jail incarcerations with a focus on how correction officers can assist police officers and vice versa - it seemed simple enough but was informative.


Tuesday 01/13/09
0720-0800 Breakfast
0800-0850 Physical Training
0900-1150 Suicide Management
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1350 Victim/Witness Assistance
1400-1450 Line of Duty Death
1500-1650 Law Enforcement Communications
1700-1745 Dinner

Tuesday started with a delicious bowl of Oatmeal just like every other day... the only difference today was I knew PT was immediately after. PT focused on core work, specifically the abs, and actually went pretty well - I imagined week two of PT would leave me hugging the trashcan but I guess not! I was pretty sore for most of the morning but after that I felt decent. The rest of the morning we had a lecture on suicide management and how to assist survivors in coping with suicide, helping those who show signs of depression that leads to suicide, and how to assist fellow officers (as we have one of the highest suicide rates across all professions). In the afternoon we learned about various city and county programs that help victims after-the-fact. We then had a short briefing on line of duty deaths, which unfortunately I being from South Bend had to speak about the losses of Cpl. Severns and Cpl. Polizzotto - after that we were informed on the procedures we should undertake to ensure our financial lives should the worst happen. That entire 45 minute class made the next one seem like it lasted forever; two hours of communications learning what dispatchers can do for us and how to properly use police radios. And upon returning to my room with my roommates we found our beds had been tossed as they were made incorrectly. What a lovely afternoon!

Wednesday 01/14/09
0720-0800 Breakfast
0800-1150 Firearms Lecture
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1650 Firearms Lecture
1700-1745 Dinner

Wednesday was an EXTREMELY long day but it wasn't completely bad - we spent the entire day learning the basics of firearm safety, operation, and cleaning. We also spent a bit of time on basic firing stances and shooter errors. This day was pretty important because next week A Squad (which I'm in) would be spending the entire week outside shooting. I had already learned a lot of the basic firearms information from working as a Cadet as well as qualifying with my duty pistol but I was eager to learn more about the tool I'd be working with for the rest of my career.

Thursday 01/15/2008
0720-0800 Breakfast
0800-0850 Physical Training
0900-1150 Physical Tactics Lecture
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1650 Physical Tactics Lecture
1700-1745 Dinner

Thursday morning went really well - in PT we started to learn the CrossFit stations we'd being doing fairly consistently and I have to admit I really like them. The rest of the day we spent learning what A Squad would be doing in our second "Break Out Week": Physical Tactics (aka Defensive Tactics). I have to admit while I can't wait to learn these techniques I'm not looking forward to having them used on me! By dinner time I couldn't stomach my salad... I was getting sick of the same thing and it was starting to get to me. So, after instead of going running like I usually do in the evenings I made an unhealthy choice: I ordered Chinese food for me and my roommates. And it was delicious.

Friday 01/16/09
0720-0800 Breakfast
0900-1150 EVO Lecture
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1650 EVO Lecture

TGIF is all I had to say! I was so stoked for the weekend (and stuffed from dinner) that I skipped out on breakfast and went to class. EVO, or Emergency Vehicle Operations, is another "Break Out Week" I have to look forward too... and after the day long lecture I can't wait. We watched various pursuit videos, learned the basic high speed driving skills, and learned some neat tricks we can do at high and low speeds. We also learned the legal aspects, and responsibilities, of running hot (lights and sirens) to a call. The instructors were also laid back and had a great sense of humor - both A Squad and B Squad is looking forward to their EVO weeks. Without a doubt we know it will probably be the best.



That's it for this week! Next week class 2009-176 will start so it should be pretty interesting to see how they react to ILEA. I don't think my entry will be too long but trust me, I love to shoot at the range. I'm off to do some report writing!