Monday, March 30, 2009

Week Twelve

Well, one more week has come and gone and I can't be any clearer: I am so ready to be done! This week went relatively well (mind you, I avoid my high strung room for most of the day) and we took one of our final exams too. All in all it was one of the better weeks, that's for sure.



Monday 03/23/09
0800-1150 Traffic Law
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1650 Traffic Law
1700-1800 Dinner

Back to the grind as they say - Monday we finished up Traffic Law, with the Greenwood PD Chief, which he had briefly covered a bit of on Friday. This was a very helpful class as it helped cleared up a lot of questions I had. Specifically why police traffic powers I have one public property, search and seizure technicalities, and plenty of rumors about illegal driving. The instructor was a great guy too... one of the more entertaining instructors who made the class go by really quick.


Tuesday 03/24/09
0700-0800 Breakfast
0800-0850 Physical Training
0900-1050 Traffic Law Exam
1000-1150 Hazardous Materials
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1650 Hazardous Materials
1700-1800 Dinner

Wednesday 03/25/09
0700-0800 Breakfast
0800-1150 Hazardous Materials
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1650 Hazardous Materials
1700-1800 Dinner

The next two days of the class were all HazMat based which wasn't too bad either. A lot of the guys were complaining that these two days were worse than criminal law but it wasn't in any way bad... a bit repetitive perhaps but not bad. I had some previous HazMat training as a Cadet Officer but not as in depth as this was. The instructor was a fire chief from Elkhart County so he made a lot of references that I could relate with. We focused a lot on how a small HazMat scene can quickly grow in size, how to evaluate a scene, what dangers exist, and what we as police officers can do and need to do should a HazMat incident arise.

On Tuesday we had our Traffic Law exam which was really easy; I studied the guide I made and got a 96% after an hour of review. All this complaining for nothing!



Thursday 03/26/09
0700-0800 Breakfast
0800-0850 Physical Training
0900-1150 Mental Illness
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1650 Sexual Assault
1700-1800 Dinner

Thursday came around and morning PT was pretty good. We had begun to slow things down a bit as the end approaches so I feel as if my "broken down body" might actually recover one of these days. The morning we had a pretty interesting class on the most common mental illnesses that I as a law enforcement officer would come across in my career. We focused on the affects that an individual would endure as well as how they may potentially behave around police officers... some a bit better than others. In the afternoon we had a lecture on sexual assaults and how to properly investigate them. Although a bit unnerving this class definitely had it's merits.



Friday 03/27/09
0700-0800 Breakfast
0800-0950 Mock Fitness Exam
1000-1150 IEDs and Explosives
1200-1300 Lunch
1300-1650 Family Day

Friday came by as quick as it ever has and I was stoked. In the morning our class had a mock fitness evaluation held to the exit standards of the academy which went great. I was a bit weary on my vertical jump but I added 3.5 inches on my first attempt which puts me well past the passing height Then we had a two hour lecture on IEDs and Explosives which was pretty neat. The SBPD Bomb Squad gives a similar lecture during the Citizen's Police Academy but not nearly as detailed as the one I got here. And then come the lunch hour my mother and girlfriend show up for family day. I was pretty happy to have them come for this (especially given the distance they drove) because they got to sit in on a four hour lecture given by "Dr. Love" on stress that police officers go through and bring home with them. It meant a lot that they could come especially my girlfriend as she was close friends with Cpl. Nick Polizzotto and had no other police/EMS knowledge. I think she definitely thought about a few things she never has before... why she puts up with me still is beyond me.







That's it for this week! With three weeks left to go I am ready to be done!