Thursday, March 10, 2011
Class 210 - Don't say I didn't warn you...
Now that you have seen these images from Academy Class 209 (graduated November 30, 2010) you may be wondering what todays post is about.
Listen up Academy Class 210. You are eleven days out from starting your career at the Houston Police Academy as your first day of training begins. That same week on Friday, you will be accessed physically to see where you stand. Many of you have been in the recruiting process a long time and if you have not been getting yourself in shape get ready to suck some wind.
Don’t panic you still have some time. You will also be given every opportunity to meet the goals set forth by the academy in order to graduate. If you do not meet these goals during the initial assessment you will be given extra time to practice, however it will be before or after everyone arrives or goes home.
Class 210 you are starting in March which means you will be training during the hottest part of the year as summer approaches. The running track is outdoors and the only air conditioning you will get is by your classmates who are in better shape than you, briskly passing you by.
I always make a point to practice what I preach. Therefore, I went to the same track that you will be training on yesterday and ran the mile and a half to see where I stood in comparison to you when you start your assessment. My time was 12:15 (you are required to complete the run by 15:54.) Not a record time, but at 48 years old I will take it.
Class 210, I know who you are and I know you can do this. However, just in case you need any more incentive, I will be out there taking pictures during your assessment. Don’t be that cadet throwing up in the trash can. I have been known to post all kinds of pictures.
The following are the records held by past cadets. No one expects you to break these records the first day; however, they are there for the taking if you want to put your name and picture on the “wall.”
Agility Run - Male 12.60 sec / Female 14.11 sec
Vertical Jump - Male 43.0 in / Female 28.5 in
300 meter run - Male 34.20 sec / Female 42.19 sec
Pushups - Male 1206 / Female 405
1.5 mile run - Male 8:05 min/sec / Female 9:48 min/sec
Those are the records, but these are the times that you will be required to accomplish in order to graduate:
Agility run: 17.80 seconds
Vertical Jump: 18.50 inches
300 meter run: 71 seconds
1.5 Mile Run: 15.54 Minutes
Good luck 210, I am proud of all of you. You can do this, believe in yourself!
at 9:46 AM