Monday, December 20, 2010

Orientation day

So... Today was the big day. The first time meeting (read seeing, because most of us didn't interact the entire 4.5 hours we sat in the all blue classroom) a decent number of our future classmates of the 100th police academy. Not everyone was there though, a decent number were hired over the past several months and have been doing bitch work for the department until the academy actually starts. I wanted to be a part of the bitch work sooooooooo bad, but only to get myself out of the dungeon at 911 that much sooner, but I digress... So there we all were, sitting in the classroom being addressed by the Lieutenant (or lt for short), and the Sergeant (Sgt) who had directly resulted in out appointments and being warned off all the things we could get in trouble for and the academy hasn't even started yet. Here's just a few to give you a taste of what we'll be dealing with...

1. Don't ever use the front door, or the stairs at the front of the building.
2. Don't ever use the bathrooms on the second floor.
3. Don't ever park in the front of the building. We park behind the building or on the street.
4. Have a duplicate I everything you might possibly EVER need in the trunk of your car, and be prepared to fork it over to help a fellow recruit.

So there's a few just to give you all a taste of what's coming. Coming from the Marine Corps, there isn't anyway that the department can make up anythig worse than there, but ill give them the benefit of the doubt and stay on the edge of my seat in anticipation...

So back to orientation... (if you couldn't tell by now I'm a big fan of the ... to continue a thought) We spent the morning talking about what to expect from the beginning of the academy, and to have it made perfectly clear that quitting should be an absolute last resort. Despite what any instructors might tell us, they want us all to pass because the city needs us out on the streets as a warm body in a patrol car at the end of this six months, that's why we're here in the first place. Also the department has invested a great deal of time and money into our future as police officers. They don't want us to fail no matter how hard they try to break us.

The rest of the day was filled with administrative paperwork from the cities personnel office, pretty much all except one sheet of which I had filled out previously at my original 911 orientation a year and a half ago.

Good news is, I got to keep my city public safety code number!! Which is very important... it shows other officers how new you are with the department, and mine is in the range of 3 PD academies ago, so I'm scamming my way into looking 'salty'.

In other news.. My last day at 911 is tomorrow, and my crew is taking me out for a few good bye drinks after my final shift. As much as I couldn't stand working there sometimes, I'm really going to miss a good number of my co-workers. So a big thanks to those of you at my current work for keeping me from going off he deep end and unleashing hells fury on one of the millions of people that dial those three life saving numbers on their phones nationwide every day. A tip of my hat to those who spend a career answering the phones calls of those in need. "See" you guys on the other side of the radio.
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  1. How about the wife that kept you from going off the deep end? ;-)

  2. Funny how you long to be out until the day you're free...and THAT'S when you get sentimental about what you had!