I can’t believe that I have graduated from the academy and in my field training program already. During the academy time seemed to crawl by, but looking back at it now, it seems the time I spent there just flew by.
It was amazing how many people – our family, friends, and fellow officers showed up at our graduation. I felt really proud to be marching with the rest of 210 and receiving my badge with them. We all worked so very hard to get to the end and have the badge finally placed on our uniform.
I am now training at the substation of my choice and have been training there for over a week now. I learned a lot in the academy but I know I will learn a lot more in the next nine weeks of field training. Each new officer completes three weeks of training on each shift; days, evenings, and nights.
I can’t believe how excited I am when I wake up for work. I know that this job is what I was meant to do.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the academy staff, family, friends, and co-workers that helped me through the last six months and I’ll continue to look to them for support as I continue through my training.
After nine primary tests, four quizzes, one state exam, three physical fitness tests, several officer safety phases, and countless other tests and requirements that I had to fulfill in the past six months I am so happy to be OFFICER Gemmill. I wouldn’t trade the experiences and the opportunity HPD has given me for anything.
I am so happy to be part of the HPD family. Like my trainer recently told me, “we take care of family.”