Well week 2 has come and gone, 25 more to go.
So this week started all of our legal classes, organized PT (physical training for those that don't habla), our first academic tests, we learned that we would have two more instructors joining the team in order to better keep an eye on us too. One of them is pretty awesome, he taught our physical fitness class, the other is a former Marine and loves to cause havoc. We've all decided we dont want to be around him, because he will pick you apart bit by bit.
It would be safe to say that i grossly underestimated the physicality of the police academy. I'm by no means the most out of shape person there, but i'm a big dude and big dudes ARE NOT made to run long distances. If you want me to knock down a door, or chase a suspect for 100 yards thats fine because when i catch the guy he's not gonna be happy with his decision to run once i get my hands on him. We ran two out of three days this week for PT, one of the runs I couldnt keep up and was put in the van to be taken back to the academy and PT'ed by our former navy seal and swat team instructor. I havent been broken off like that since boot camp in the fall of 2004. Most of the next 35 minutes of PT was spent either low crawling (face on the ground, and pulling with your arms and pushing with your legs) or bear crawling (essentially running on your hands and feet at the same time), but he through in some regular stuff too (flutter kicks, push ups, sit ups, stair step ups, etc...) and it was finished off with us rolling back and forth for about 40 feet until somebody threw up. Good times... The next run we went on, I stepped off the road and into a pot hole and twisted my ankle and only could make it about another mile before i had to fall out (not happy about that one, i could have made it i was right at the end when one of the PT instructors told me to fall out).
We got our uniforms back from the alterations shop, and were issued our boot and shoe vouchers so we could go pick out the footwear that fit us best. So we should be in our uniforms by the end of this week!!! I'm pretty stoked to get out of the suits they're uncomfortable and hot when doing punitive PT.
The rest of the week was spent learning about constitutional law, and arrest/search/seizure laws, and how not to violate the constitution. On Wednesday we took our first tests on course orientation and physical fitness i scored a 95% and 82% respectively. The good news is that our Sgt told us he isn't going to punish us for anything we do academically since he knows some people are bad testers, or have a hard time studying, etc... So finally, one thing we wont get in trouble for! This however does not apply to our homework, just testing... We messed up our homework from last week, and it wasnt all uniform so it was all put through the shredder instead of being graded and we got to re-do all of it this weekend on top of the homework we already had to do. So most of this weekend was spent re-writing (yes hand written, no typing allowed) the 8 pages of homework from last week. I bet we wont make that mistake again...
Other good news, i've lost almost 8 pounds already in just two weeks and i can already feel my body getting stronger because the exercises are starting to get easier and i can do more of them (except flutter kicks, god I HATE FLUTTER KICKS!!!). We lost a few more people this week, dont know why for some of them, but one of them has decided to go back into the Marines as an officer which I cant fault him for and wish him the best of luck!
Till next time... Stay classy.