So you if your reading this your looking for more information regarding “The Academy”. The academy is your first real test in your career. You are now a recruit officer. At my department recruit officers start at $55,362 and after 18 months get paid $58,130. The academy is 24 weeks where the recruit officer will receive a lot of training. Firearms, Active Shooter training, CPR, Vehicle Skills, Physical Training, Defensive Tactics are just a few areas a recruit officer can expect to learn. Law enforcement in general is a para military career, which means we share a very similar rank structor, chain of command, and uniforms as the military, so for those non military applicants, this could be a wake up call.
Applicants have asked me “Sarge, can you tell me what the average day is like?”. The average day stars at 0630 with morning formation and roll call. Think as formation as a morning ceremony where your recruit class will march in the the gymnasium, line up and have their uniforms inspected by the class Sergeant. Uniforms must be pressed, boots shined, brass shined, name tags evenly placed, if not expect your class to be dropped (push ups).
After formation you can expect to head to a classroom and have morning lectures on a variety of subjects ranging from community service, Code (law), General Orders (rules and regulations), etc. When I was in the academy they separated all these subjects into levels. The class will spend time learning level 1( DC Code). After a couple of days learning level 1 you take a computerized test, and you need a 80% to pass. If you fail, thats strike one, and in the academy, three strikes and your out. We had roughly 10 levels before we were done with the academic portion. After academics, expect your class to start defensive tactics.
Defensive tactics is just that, defensive tactics. You will learn how to fight, whether you like it or not, and in my opinion they need to spend more time on this subject. After “DT’s” you go to whatever specialized training is available, whether its vehicle skills (recruit favorite) or firearms training. Firearm training is two weeks, vehicle skills is five days, and they will be the most fun you’ll have in the academy. Mixed in with all this specialized training will be your daily dose PT or physical training to get you ready for the final PT test. Expect long runs (3-5 miles), push ups, sit ups, etc. I hated PT but its something you have to do graduate so just suck it up and deal with it.
Academy prep: Be able to do the following day 1 and you’ll be fine
- 2 mile run in under 17:00
- 40 push ups
- 50 sit ups
That pretty much sums up a typical day. If any of you have any specific questions regarding the academy leave them in the comment section. I will be having more detailed “Academy” posts in the future.