Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Week 5-8 - Recruit Ingermann

As we reach the end of week 8 in the Academy, I look back at where we were in the beginning and reflect on how far we’ve come.  From a disheveled group of undisciplined strangers to a tight group of recruits who are beginning to look and act with confidence, we are making great strides toward our common goal.   

Over the past few weeks we have had a rather large helping of firearms and arrest control.  We have honed our skills on the range, receiving training skills and advice from some of the state’s foremost shooters in the LE community.  Some of us have progressed from never drawing from a holster, to drawing in less than 2 seconds and delivering perfect shots from 25 yards.  While the heat has been a challenge, I can say that everyone has enjoyed this part of the training and worked very hard to impress our instructors and meet their expectations. 

We have also spent a fair amount of time these last few weeks learning about proper arrest control and officer safety techniques.  We get the best training from highly experienced officers, who are dedicated to passing along the lessons and techniques that have been honed over decades of service.  These are skills that will ensure that we “Go Home”, each and every night, to our families and loved ones.  They ensure that no matter what type of evil we encounter, we have the skills to defeat it and keep the streets of our beat safe and friendly. 

In the weeks to come we will continue to learn and apply our knowledge of the Colorado Criminal Code, and continue to test our newly honed skills in real life emergency scenarios.  We will continue to learn about each other, and how each of us is responsible for our brothers and sisters.  We will test our resolve against the forces of crime, and illuminate our duty to protect all members of our community.  This is why we are here, and this is why we will succeed as a class of recruits. 

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