Monday, February 23, 2009

Week Seven, Back to the Class Room

Well, sure enough I've endured another week... unfortunately it's all classroom from here. I swear the other classes have it a bit better with their break out weeks later in their sessions. Ah well, at least I'll finish first.

Anyway, things went pretty well this week. A lot of pretty decent topics that kept my interest so I guess I can't really complain (I will, however, during the two week of Criminal Law).

Monday 02/16/09
0800-1150 EMS Awareness
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1650 EMS Awareness
1700-1800 Dinner

Monday we hit the classroom back in our lovely khaki uniforms. We spent the entire day with a local helicopter-bound paramedic who works down in the Plainfield area most of the time. He was a bit dry but definitely taught us a ton of things we can do in emergency situations. Coming from South Bend I usually don't have to worry about medics being twenty minutes away but a lot of me classmates do - regardless, I know there will be times when I do beat the medics by quite some time and if a victim needs assistance now I need to be able to give it. The class was a bit like first aid training but to a larger scale; I guess the best way to say it was first aid training may use (thankfully) once or twice in their lives while someone in a career like policing may need to use it once or twice a month. We covered cuts, burns, drowning, freezing, gun shot wounds, and oh so much more to a more in-depth extent then when I got my CPR/First Aid certifications last year.

Tuesday 02/17/09
0700-0800 Breakfast
0800-0850 Physical Training
0900-1150 EMS Awareness
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1350 EMS Awareness
1400-1450 1% Biker Gangs
1500-1650 Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement
1700-1800 Dinner

We started the day by going back to mandatory PT... Woo! It was pretty clear who had been keeping active during break out weeks and who had not. However, I think the DIs were a bit more impressed than they had expected! We then finished our morning with our EMS Awareness training which went pretty quickly. We watched a bunch of videos showing us what to do in all of the possible situations we had talked about on Monday. After lunch we had a quick study session in which the instructor let us know which topics "may" appear on our test. After that we took an hour learning about the illegal biker gangs that are prevalent in America (specifically this region of the country) which was pretty sweet. The difference between street gangs and biker gangs are astounding and truthfully I would have never figured they could be as sophisticated as some are. The rest of the day we spent learning Indiana alcohol laws with a very small focus on tobacco. It wasn't bad but it seemed kind of repetitive. My girlfriend came to see me all the way from South Bend and brought us all food... I didn't even expect it, she just said she was on her way (while she was already in Kokomo). Somehow I can't imagine she's seen so many smiles as the day she brought hamburgers for my deprived classmates.

Wednesday 02/18/09
0700-0800 Breakfast
0800-1050 Report Writing
1100-1150 Community Policing
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1650 Community Policing
1700-1800 Dinner

Wednesday morning reared it's ugly head and no one seemed to be in a good mood. We all headed to class after breakfast and sat down expecting a pretty dull morning of report writing. When the Basic Course Commander walked in that attitude changed... "As of 1900 hours you have three hours of Liberty" - I don't remember much til 1900 when I enjoyed as many buffalo wings as I could stomach, but I'll try my best to recall the day. Report writing went by pretty quickly but it was, unfortunately, the same report writing class I took as a Cadet Officer. The thought of Liberty, however, kept me going strong! The rest of the day we learned about community policing, which I've always been a big advocate for, which was pretty neat. I got to talk a lot about our department as we have a lot to offer (Citizens Academy, VIPs, Explorer Program, etc.) which smaller departments don't - not that I like to toot my own horn but it was nice to get to participate a bit. Dinner came around and we all ate a bowl of jello - I hit the gym and at 1900 exactly I was on my way to get some wings!

Thursday 02/19/09
0700-0800 Breakfast
0800-0850 Physical Training
0900-1150 Domestic Violence
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1650 Conflict Management
1700-1800 Dinner

I still felt full when I went to breakfast, which was probably not as healthy as I imagined but I didn't care. Even going to PT I didn't care if I threw up... I felt good. Renewed spirits were within us all even as we had a fairly intense PT session. After PT we had a class on domestic violence calls which are ever growing in this state. We learned proper arrest procedures, how to address suspects, and how to comfort victims. The afternoon was an extension of the morning with a focus on all conflicts. The day went by fairly quickly and I was happy... and not that I want to get fat but as I returned to my room for the night I had a text from my cousin who lives nearby stating she was bringing us chicken lasagna... mmm.

Friday 02/20/09
0700-0800 Breakfast
0800-0950 Hate Crimes
1000-1150 Stress
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1650 Terrorism

Friday morning came by nice and quick. All in all for the first week back in the classroom we had no complaints. We had a quick lesson on hate crimes and how they differ from regular crimes (which again, seemed obvious) and what Indiana laws have been enacted to protect potential victims. We finished the morning with our favorite instructor, "Dr. Love" as we call him, telling us about stressors in the police career and how to deal with him. I really enjoyed the class because I know in my career I may just have something that burns me out... maybe once or twice... and I'd like to be able to recover as quick as possible. The afternoon seemed like it dragged on forever as the FBI taught us about terrorism. I think it felt like forever just because I took a terrorism course in college and at the police department. Or maybe because it was Friday. The last FBI Agent, however, was a kind man and let us out thirty minutes early.


Next week we have a pretty interesting schedule set up... including our chemical agent exposure on Tuesday. I'm sure that will be just wonderful!