Saturday, March 29, 2008

FTO school

I completed the 2 day Field Training Officer school and am now certified. In a few weeks I'll be moving to a new training squad and will soon have my first OIT (Officer In Training). During the school I had the pleasure of sitting next to a mouth breather. You know, the kind of person that keeps a wide open mouth all the time when simple nostril air breathing would suffice.

I found it hard to concentrate on the instructor's lecture as this guy's breathing became louder and smellier. The air surrounding us became damp and and stale. At the end of each yawn, he was sure to bellow out a long and forceful blast of breath (like when you were a kid and tried to 'see' your breath on a cold morning).

Just when I became used to the smell we had our first break. Imagine my delight when my partner returned to his chair with a fresh wad of chewing tobacco in his lip. Now, the smell of rancid chew filled the air. The sounds of loud breathing were replaced by the constant spitting of tobacco juice into a paper cup.

He eventually fell asleep which allowed me to concentrate on the lesson.


At March 30, 2008 12:19 PM, Blogger *Goddess* said...

How long do you have to be an officer before you can train someone else? I thought it was years, but apparently not:)

At March 30, 2008 2:35 PM, Blogger Annette said...

Was he really chewing tobacco?
I am a smoker actually, but that sounds revolting.
I bet you'll keep away from him from now on!!

At March 30, 2008 5:28 PM, Blogger Officer Gary said...

In my city, an officer is required to have at least two years on which I attained in January. It seems like I just graduated the academy and still have a lot to learn. I think training new officers will allow me to learn even more.

At March 31, 2008 8:39 AM, Blogger Thomas said...

I gotta stick up for mouth breather, kinda. Being a 'sinuses full of snot" guy, I am a mouth breather by necessity, but I practice excellent oral hygiene and will not breath on anyone but the missus, who hates it.


At March 31, 2008 10:47 PM, Blogger Nobody Of Note said...

Congrats on your progress, Gary.

Been reading for a long time now, and I just thought I'd drop a line. Always looking forward to your next post!

At April 01, 2008 6:37 PM, Blogger whimsical brainpan said...


Next time you go to something like this take gum or mints.

At April 02, 2008 10:00 AM, Blogger *Goddess* said...

Ok, thanks. I didn't realize you had been an officer that long.


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