Thanks! After speaking to my dad in regards to preparing for the police academy, he said to only get in shape. Up til today I've been reading the local penal code but he told me that I should wait because they have their own way of teaching the law from a different perspective. So I guess the only thing I can do for now is just get into shape. Less than 20 days!KaliGman wrote:I am a LEO (18 years in and counting--with years in both municipal level and federal law enforcement), and have run a federal task force for the last several years. For your duty gear, I suggest a quality multi-tool (you will use the screwdrivers and pliers a lot in various situations--removing stolen license plates from impounded vehicles, etc.), a stout utility oriented fixed blade for the "car gear" (or attached to your armor if you get onto a tactical team in a few years), and a Spyderco clipped in your pocket for general cutting chores and maybe double duty as "last ditch weapon."
I will tell you that I bought Boker COP Tools and Wilson COP Tools (great pryers and scrapers and OK cutters) as issue utility fixed blades for my task force officers last year and Spyderco Manix 2 folders (excellent cutters) for issue to them this year. Enduras are a very popular choice among police as well.
I would suggest training in how to use a knife in combat if you are planning on incorporating the blade into your personal defense plan. I will also say that, at this point, concentrate on your academy studies and worry about everything else later. Pass your courses with high marks, graduate with honors, listen to your field training officer when you hit the streets, and, after listening to some experienced officers on your force and gaining some of your own experience, pick the training and workout routine that fits you and law enforcement tasks in your area the best.
Take care and good luck. This career can be fun, exciting, and depressing as hell, but then, so can life. I enjoy what I do and would not trade my experiences for the world. Welcome to the party young man ....keep your seat in the upright position and enjoy the ride. It goes by fast.
Yes, I am trying to get in the best possible shape I can BEFORE I get into the academy. This way, the physical demand will be less of an issue and I can focus on the academics. It shouldn't be too bad as I have always had excellent grades even in college.raven wrote:Hey Lostification, Welcome to the Brotherhood . 15 year LEO here ...still going.
Can't add much to what Kali G and stonyman already stated. If anything ...get into the best shape you can and take it one step at a time. When I say get in the best shape you can ... I also mean get your mind in shape. There will be a lot that you'll have to absorb and some at during a short period of time. The best source you have for information is your father. Nothing like learning things from "old school" officers. There are so many things that can be picked up from a veteran officer that some newer guys WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND .
Be open minded will go a long way. Some point in time you'll come across a guy that has been there done that, and knows everything there is to know about being an LEO and can do it better . Keep your cool and listen there may be somethings you can pick up from those types that you can add to your arsenal of tools. Sometimes ... What Not To Do or Say .
You'll learn something from everyone you work with and You Eventually will develop your own way of doing things.
As for edged tools. Like already mentioned ... have a multi-tool (I use a LM Wave). I carry a fixed blade in my backpack while on patrol, and I have a folder clipped in the cargo pocket.
Bits of Advice:
Learning NEVER ends . There will always be something that you'll come across that will leave you scratching your head. It's happened to Kali G, stonyman and myself .
The Badge and Uniform. This will be what you do ... Not Who You Are. It doesn't define you. You make the uniform and Badge ... It doesn't make YOU .
Work and Cases. Don't take it HOME with you ... leave it at work. There will be things you see and experience that will be hard to shake. Don't let it eat at you or let it linger. Time and place for that ...Don't Let Work Hamper or crossover into Your Personal Life ...Ever.
Welcome Brother, Take Very Good Care, and Be Safe Always.
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