Friday, April 22, 2011

210 Update - Cadet Mark

1 Down, 5 to go!

Officially one month into the academy and things only seem to get faster. More material to study, faster paced runs, and more day to day challenges being thrown at us. I felt that I was prepared coming into the academy, but there are a lot of things that you just can not prepare yourself for. Lately the biggest challenge for me is getting my mind wrapped around all the sights, sounds and smells we're soon to come in contact with when we hit the streets. I'm just happy to know we have great instructors that are preparing us now so we don't have any shocks when the time comes.

I'm not sure if you've heard of the dreaded "primary" exams, but if not, let me be the first to tell you, they're the real separation from the men/women and boys/girls. You would think the physical aspect of the academy would be the thing everyone walks around worried about, but it’s really the primary you’re studying for the next Monday. So far we've had 2 primary quizzes and one actual primary, but I'm here to say that the primary will cause you to lose a lot of sleep and find study habits you didn't think you had. I actually look at the morning 3 mile run as a mental break and the seemingly hours of push ups as a welcome getaway from Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Besides the primaries and what seems like constant push ups, you just have to learn how to take orders. If you listen to what you are told and do exactly as your instructors and other officers around the academy tell you, it makes life a lot easier. We don't always know exactly why we do things at times, but we soon learn the lesson and appreciate the experience. When we finally get on the streets, we have to be respectful and set the bar for others, and that's why at the academy we treat each other and everyone else with complete respect. There is no better time to start learning that you are a servant to the people and for the people, than right now.

With that said, everyone is still pushing hard and getting it done. Despite all the rumors, 210 is still a "whole" class! All 70 of us are standing strong ready to go the distance.


Anonymous said...

Great insight. Hang in there bud!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this insight. It will help me when I start in a few weeks. Love the blog!

Anonymous said...

Hey Mark we went to school together graduated the same year and played ball together! I was shocked to see you in class 210, ill be joining right after you in class 211!

Anonymous said...

Cadet Mark, you could not have said it any better... Basically if you do not LOVE reading, start NOW because you HAVE to know all the laws and procedures to be able to enforce them in the street, thus making you a much better officer. The physical part of the academy really is paradise for most of us compared to the books. We started with 70, and hope we can finish with 70! We have a major primary exam this coming Monday, i have been studying so hard that even when i fall asleep at night i see penal code and ccp all over my dreams... :)

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