Thursday, August 15, 2013

Weeks 3 and 4 - Recruit Ingermann

Wow!  Since starting the academy 4 weeks ago, we have been very busy with many different activities that are meant to build a solid foundation for our future in Law Enforcement.  The Director has done a great job teaching us the Colorado Criminal Code and we have received CPR and IED classes.  Some great instructors have come in to teach us all about Community Policing, Suspect Identification, and Report Writing, among other subjects.  I’m very thankful for the LEO’s from all the different agencies, who have taken the time to participate in our learning.  We have heard so many great stories about incidents that have occurred and what the LE community has learned from them.  This is clearly a dynamic profession and no two calls are exactly alike.  Our ability to provide outstanding service depends greatly on our training and professional conduct in the worst of situations.

The PT has been great.  I have become a big fan of the Crossfit regimen.  In week three we did a workout called the “Burpee Mile”.  It was a three person relay type of workout where one person was running around the track (1/2 way backward), one person was doing burpees and one was resting.  This punishing workout went on for 30 minutes before we were allowed to stop.  My PT group was also exposed to a workout called “Tire Therapy”, and believe me when I tell you, this workout was light on the therapy and heavy on the tire.  It involved 3, two minutes rounds of flipping a 400 lb. tire and jumping into the middle and back out.  This workout really emphasizes explosive movements and cardio.  Some of our fitter athletes were able to complete 13-14 reps in two minutes.  After I completed this workout I was left exhausted and bruised and could only complete 11 reps on my best round. 

Moving forward we will see regular sessions involving firearms, arrest control, and officer safety.  I think all of us are ready to get into more hands on training and look forward to the weeks ahead. 

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