The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Law Academy is a 21-week program designed to prepare graduates for a career as a certified law enforcement officer. The combined regional academy trains officers from more than 15 municipal, county and state agencies and is recognized as a leader in law enforcement instruction statewide.We invite our recruits to chronicle their adventures in the law enforcement training academy. Take a peek at the twenty week life of a recruit.
More adventures from Academy Land: A recruit’s perspective
of weeks 2 and 3.
At the end of week three I look back and am beginning to
feel somewhat accomplished.While there
is not yet the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel,” but I am now counting
in weeks rather than days. It’s feeling good.
The intensity of the program has gotten increasingly more
difficult as the days go on.We are now
in our academy uniforms! Hallelujah, no more having to put together business
casual outfits right? Well, kind of… Our Academy uniform consists of a black
long sleeve polo shirt, black BDU pants and black boots. We look sharp in
formation and I won’t lie, it feels awesome having a badge on my left side even
if it’s a recruit badge.
I thought I had waved good-bye to the days of pressing uniforms
and spit-shining boots… wrong.There is
a slight feeling of nostalgia to accompany reliving the early days of my Army
career, but it is tedious none-the-less.
Here are some of the uniform standards:
·Polo’s must be ironed.Don’t drive to the academy in uniform because
you will not pass inspection.These
shirts have a slight inclination to wrinkling if you look at them the wrong
·Boot toes must have a HIGH shine.If you aren’t putting a few hours in
initially, you aren’t going to achieve the level of shine required.
·Pants should have a nice firm crease.
oCaveat to this: you cannot starch these pants. I
tried and failed.They are waterproof so
starch makes a lovely white streaky pattern on your crisp black pants.
Starching pants = long night re-washing.
Writing that down now, it doesn’t seem too intense.Don’t be fooled though.The instructors mean business when it comes
to these uniforms.From my standpoint, I
believe they emphasize this for a legitimate reason.You don’t want to look like you pulled your
uniform out of a hamper when you are a sworn officer and this process instills
discipline.You can’t hold yourself to
the strict routine that this program requires without discipline.
Classroom time has become much more rigorous as well.
Let’s talk Colorado Criminal Code.There is so much I could say about the depth,
intensity, and importance of this portion of the CO revised statutes.So much, in fact, that the mere attempt to
explain at this point might make my brain explode.That being said, I appreciate the type of
instruction being given on the topic and I am constantly striving to make
myself a sponge.
Studying for the tests in this program is not a suggestion.
You will not pass and more importantly, you will not retain the information if
you do not study.It makes for long
days, but it is completely worth it.
The main thoughts I would like to emphasize at this point in
the program are:
1-Expect to run, do push-ups, or air squats.This way, you are never surprised or upset
when you have to participate in the physical learning opportunities.
2-If you think you are doing everything right, you
aren’t.Just be flexible and keep an
open mind. Perfection is an unattainable goal but everyone can ALWAYS try
3-Pay attention in class. You can’t afford to miss
this material for even a second! Your career and potentially your life can
depend on the knowledge you gain here.
4-A positive attitude, as well as a negative one,
is contagious so be cognizant of the attitude you put out.
That does it for weeks 2 and
3.I wait with bated breath for what is
yet to come.