Monday, October 10, 2005

Criminal Law Part 1

Today was the hardest block of tests yet and covered criminal law (Arizona Revised Statute title 13) and the rules of evidence.

We lost two more recruits today due to test failures so now our class is down to 44. I am happy to report that I missed only one question out of 75 and am currently on top of the academic ranking. I don't mean to brag but 15 hours of studying over one weekend should be worth some kind of boasting.

Our class was disciplined again today for failing to warm up for morning exercises in the designated grassy area. Since the grass was soaking wet and muddy, we decided to warmup on the dry running track. Our sergeant guessed that we didn't want to get wet and dirty so he made sure we spent the rest of the morning doing pushups, situps, leg lifts and squats in the muddiest part of the nearby park. We then ran a few cycles through the industrial sprinklers with sergeant leading the charge through the streams of water. Later in the afternoon, one of the recruits brought a Mountain Dew into the class. Since we are only allowed to have water or sports drinks, this violation earned everyone a 400 word essay on classroom conduct.

A brand new class or recruits started today so we are no longer the 'baby class.' It's nice to have a little seniority but the stress to perform perfectly in front of the new class is building. We have not regained the right to wear our gun belts yet but hopefully our class will stop making the simple protocol mistakes that are bringing us down.

4 Comments:

At October 10, 2005 9:48 PM, Anonymous Geoff said...

You were always very sharp, Gary. I'm sure you'll do well as the academics come into play. Good luck.

 
At October 11, 2005 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gary,

We are so proud of you. Does Vicki know you have been spending your weekends with Miss Kitty and that she is a pretty blonde? Congrats on doing so well on your written tests. It is nice to have such a brain in the family. We know you will finish the academy at the very top. And, Phoenix needs the kind of officer you will be. LC and BC

 
At October 11, 2005 2:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The more I think about the ridiculous idea of having your superior purposely try to mislead and hurt you, the more angry I become. I thought the need for recruits and all officers to obey and willingly put their life in the hands of their superiors and trust in them to do the right thing to protect them, was a given. Obviously, one of the things your superiors are trying to do is build mistrust and cause bodily harm to recruits for what purpose, I can't imagine. What possible good is there in this? Is this building character or distrust of superiors? These guys need to get with the times. It is too critical today for this crucial level of trust to be so easily destroyed. Are we building law enforcement officers or bullies? You hang in there Gary. You are what the force needs. M

 
At October 11, 2005 5:04 PM, Anonymous Kerri said...

So it sounds like they've beat you down enough - when are they going to start building you up? At least you're probably in the best shape you've ever been.

 

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