Sunday, May 04, 2008

Rookie Week

One down and five to go.

I just finished "free week" with my trainee. The first week designed to let the OIT get accustomed to the job without having the pressure of being graded or evaluated. I tried to cram as much information into his head as I could without overwhelming him. The next five weeks I will be completing a daily evaluation of his performance. If successful, he'll move on to the next phase of training with a different Field Training Officer. My first priority was making sure he stopped calling me, "Sir."

I tried to explain we were both officers and to please call me by my first name. He did his best but the the police academy regiment kicked in a few times as he addressed me as 'Sir' or 'Officer.'

He's a young, athletic kid with a wholesome look and bit of naivete. He has a solid knowledge of radio codes and street locations but lacks the presence, confidence, and control of a seasoned officer. Hopefully, this will improve over time. I can't remember how I felt during my first week as an Officer in Training but I wouldn't be surprised to hear I too, was a nervous timid little spaz. His biggest obstacle so far is spelling.

I know, spelling is not exactly the top priority when bullets are whizzing past you but it is important to be able to document things accurately. I have a feeling 'spell check' software will be my OIT's most trusted companion.

Our first week together was pretty active. We made several arrests for warrants, shoplifting, and aggravated DUI. It was a productive week that seemed to fly by in no time. In short I'd sum up my first week as an FTO as, "so far, so good."


At May 04, 2008 12:47 PM, Blogger whimsical brainpan said...

Glad to hear that the first week went well.

And hey, there is nothing wrong with spell check being a good friend.

At May 06, 2008 10:52 AM, Blogger Thomas said...

Confidence will come with experience.
Either that or he will get eaten by a pack of pitbulls.


At May 06, 2008 4:20 PM, Blogger For The People said...

Wish we had a Free Week. We jump in and they shut down.

At May 08, 2008 8:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just started my second phase, i dont feel like im ready to move from 1st phase, but my FTO and LT say Im doing great... my first night on 2nd Phase I arrested a man who murdered his wife, I had US marshals with me, and of course my FTO, the big thing I noticed is that I was placed as the decision maker during the takedown, I know that my FTO would have taken over if needed but still, the excitement and anxiety was almost overwhelming. But it went well, we got the guy and a confession. My FTO said I did an excellent job, so thats good. And Yeah I wish I had a free week, my first day my FTO threw the keys at me and said "Lets go" lol.

At May 09, 2008 8:20 PM, Anonymous Police Officer's wife said...

Franklin sells a "pocket speller" at Staples, CVS, and other stores. This may be a useful tool for this Officer.

Nice blog by the way Officer Gary. Keep up the good work !!!

At May 12, 2008 1:07 PM, Blogger *Goddess* said...

Must be a good feeling for you, though, to be placed in a position to pass on your knowledge to someone new. I'm sure it helps them that you're "new" enough to the job to remember what your training period was like.


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