Eight weeks in! That means only a few more weeks until skills! Skills are supposedly the hardest, yet best part of the academy. It's the time we learn how to shoot our firearms correctly, drive our patrol cars, and defense tactics. Recently, the whole class got their bullet-proof vests and that in itself is an exciting concept. Once again, we are all one step closer to becoming police officers for HPD!
Remember I had told you that those primaries were no joke? Well, unfortunately we lost two of our cadets to them. These tests and the quizzes that go with them are life consuming. Since the tests are on Mondays most of us spend the whole weekend studying. My family, although very supportive, is a bit jealous of the time I have spent studying for these test on weekends. Most of us have our own little study groups. I love mine. Not only are they my study group, but my support system. We all get along pretty well; have our own little inside stories, and all know how to quiz each other. Along with the few cadets I study with, the whole class is supportive. Especially during PT.
While running the track, one can often hear several cadets randomly pushing one another on with words of encouragement. While doing pushups, after a strenuous work out you can hear cadets breathing hard and others shouting out words to keep us going. Previously I had mentioned that a rope and a wall had given me some trouble, well not anymore. This last week I climbed to the top of that rope and climbed over the wall in one try. Most of us are pretty happy with ourselves. A lot of us have lost weight, gained muscles, and toned up. Many of the instructors had told us that the academy will be one of the times in our lives that we will be in our best shape.
I'm really proud of my class. Our class leader and squad leaders have really stepped up and have taken care of business. Our class president, treasurer, and secretary have really taken care of business as well. Our president keeps us informed, our secretary has helped put together our class flag and our class hats (which we have to wear while on the driving track), and our treasurer has helped in gathering all the money to buy those things for our class. I'm really looking forward to seeing the fruits of their labor. Our class flag will hang with all the previous class flags in the gym and I'm sure all 68 of us will rock the baseball caps on the driving track.
I can honestly say that the past 8 weeks have been some of the most tiring weeks of my life. I may be a morning person but waking up at 4:30 every morning is hard. Now, sleeping in means sleeping until about 7 am. Once we hit the streets we will have to adjust our sleep schedule once again. But, you won't hear me complain because I'll be doing what I've always wanted to do.
We still have various instructors that come in and teach us about topics that they are knowledgeable in. It's a great chance to meet many different officers from different divisions and one can tell that each one of them is passionate about their jobs. Many people have asked me how I'm enjoying the academy... although, I can hardly wait to be a police officer I know the next 20 weeks will go by very quickly and I'm doing my best to savor the good times learning about other people and growing close with other soon-to-be officers. I know we will always have each other's back. Way to go 210!