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    Quote Originally Posted by lowprone View Post
    Civilians are not your enemy.
    This says and means a lot.

    My senior project professor was prior CID in 'Nam and LE in Cali after. My senior project was on the Rule of Law, and one of its principles is consent of the governed. I loved that class and getting into the history and application of it. Those in government to include law enforcement are granted that authority. He made it a point to call it privileged authority, and that stuck with me even though it is essentially a novel concept. Sadly some, in particular politicians, seem to forget that. I will not.

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    It looks like a lot of folks have already given you some sound advice. I'll just had that it's always good to remember why you wanted to do this job, and to trust your instincts...most of the time, they are right.
    Last edited by Jewell; 05-18-18 at 10:20.

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    While in the Academy if you get stopped on a traffic stop do not say or infer that you are a cop. Just be honest and say youíre in the academy. Iíve seen many a recruit get terminated because they said they were full commissioned cops to the officer on the traffic stop.

    Will echo what others said, find a good study group. Try to keep balance in life while in academy. When you get out, no one cares what your test scores were, only that you passed.

    When you hit streets, just because you CAN take someone to jail doesnít mean you should. It wonít take long to figure out who the real turds are and who does and doesnít need to go to jail. Donít be that officer that is all about stats. Do what feels right.

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    For the Academy:
    -Don't be a clown. You represent a department, and how you act reflects on them and their decision to hire you and take a chance on you.
    -Take care of yourself physically. If you bust your butt 200% every day and you aren't ready for it, injuries may follow.
    -Take a laptop if allowed. I was one of the few taking notes with pen and paper, and that was 12 years ago. Most lectures have powerpoints slides to download and follow along with or study later. Don't get caught playing solitaire in class or looking at sports scores or nudie pics.
    -Turn your phone off. Say good-bye to your family/friends/loved ones, and apologize ahead of time for dropping off the radar.
    -Don't post stupid stuff on facebook. That includes work related sensitive stuff, and drunk pics from your trip to Mexico. If you can't trust yourself, disable or delete your account.

    In FTO:
    -Apologize ahead of time to your wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, or loved ones. You have a job that will bleed over into your personal time and require all of your time during the training phase. You will spend time off duty polishing boots, squaring away a uniform, studying codes, studying maps, and prepping for the next day.
    -10 hour days will become 14 hour days when you muck everything up and have to re-write a report 6 times. Apologize to friends and loved ones ahead of time, the time sacrifice will hurt them, they may not understand, and if they aren't supportive it will hurt you at work and at home.
    -Take it one day at a time
    -Keep your mouth shut and your ears open. If you act like you know it all, prepare to be humbled.
    -FTO can be a stress game. They need to see how you will hold up and how you make decisions under pressure.
    -Talk to people on calls and on traffic stops. Learning how to carry yourself and how to interact in a uniform is a whole new ballgame for most people.
    -The school teacher who smiles every day will lie through her teeth about using her blinker, and the guy who just beat his wife will be cool as a cucumber while blaming the overreacting neighbors after he puts her head through the drywall.
    -Decision making and report writing are the two big killers that are hard to overcome. You can be taught most everything else, but making a decision and putting it down on paper come from you.
    -Colt 6920 w/Aimpoint PRO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zirk208 View Post
    For the Academy:
    -Don't be a clown. You represent a department, and how you act reflects on them and their decision to hire you and take a chance on you.
    -Take care of yourself physically. If you bust your butt 200% every day and you aren't ready for it, injuries may follow.
    -Take a laptop if allowed. I was one of the few taking notes with pen and paper, and that was 12 years ago. Most lectures have powerpoints slides to download and follow along with or study later. Don't get caught playing solitaire in class or looking at sports scores or nudie pics.
    -Turn your phone off. Say good-bye to your family/friends/loved ones, and apologize ahead of time for dropping off the radar.
    -Don't post stupid stuff on facebook. That includes work related sensitive stuff, and drunk pics from your trip to Mexico. If you can't trust yourself, disable or delete your account.

    In FTO:
    -Apologize ahead of time to your wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, or loved ones. You have a job that will bleed over into your personal time and require all of your time during the training phase. You will spend time off duty polishing boots, squaring away a uniform, studying codes, studying maps, and prepping for the next day.
    -10 hour days will become 14 hour days when you muck everything up and have to re-write a report 6 times. Apologize to friends and loved ones ahead of time, the time sacrifice will hurt them, they may not understand, and if they aren't supportive it will hurt you at work and at home.
    -Take it one day at a time
    -Keep your mouth shut and your ears open. If you act like you know it all, prepare to be humbled.
    -FTO can be a stress game. They need to see how you will hold up and how you make decisions under pressure.
    -Talk to people on calls and on traffic stops. Learning how to carry yourself and how to interact in a uniform is a whole new ballgame for most people.
    -The school teacher who smiles every day will lie through her teeth about using her blinker, and the guy who just beat his wife will be cool as a cucumber while blaming the overreacting neighbors after he puts her head through the drywall.
    -Decision making and report writing are the two big killers that are hard to overcome. You can be taught most everything else, but making a decision and putting it down on paper come from you.
    I think this really covers it. Think of the academy as your prep course and FTO as your graduate course.
    Psalm 34:19

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    double tap....
    Last edited by flenna; 05-21-18 at 19:59.
    Psalm 34:19

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    "Anything you post can and will be used against you in a court of law"

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    That applies to everyone LE or not !

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