04 April, 2012

Fiction Friday: Police Academy 2

The topic for week 2 of my police academy course -- Training -- didn't sound like much I'd be able to include in a mystery, but I was totally wrong.

First, I was amazed at some of the facts. You have to be at least 21 (on the day you enroll at the Police Academy), but there is no upper age limit as long as you can pass all the tests. The oldest individual hired into our town's department was 51! And there are no on-going physical requirements (as my instructor joked, pointing to his own expanding waistline).


Listed below are the minimum physical activity requirements for applicants. Now even I could pass the test for my age group (I tried it), yet 35% of applicants wash out during this test. 


Male Candidate
AGE
1 MINUTE OF SIT-UPS
SIT/REACH (Straight-leg)
BENCH PRESS RATIO
(1 lift)
1.5 MILE RUN
20 - 29
40
17-1/2 in.
1.06 X Body Weight
11:58
30 - 39
36
16-1/2 in.
.93 X Body Weight
12:24
40 - 49
31
15-1/4 in.
.84 X Body Weight
13:12
50 - 59
26
14-1/2 in.
.75 X Body Weight
14:23
60 - 69
20
13-1/2 in.
.68 X Body Weight
15:56

Female Candidate
AGE
1 MINUTE OF SIT-UPS
SIT/REACH (Straight-leg)
BENCH PRESS RATIO
(1 lift)
1.5 MILE RUN
20 - 29
 35
 20 in.
 .65 X Body Weight
14:04
30 - 39
 27
 19 in.
 .57 X Body Weight
14:34 
40 - 49
 22
  18 in. 
  .52 X Body Weight 
15:34
50 - 59
 17
 17-3/4 in.
.46 X Body Weight
17:19 
60 - 69
 8
 16-3/8 in.
 .45 X Body Weight 
19:04

One of the biggies in the process is the polygraph test. It's not what you lie about (although that, of course could get you thrown out), but the mere fact that you lied, even about something totally innocuous. You won't be disqualified for having smoked a joint in High School, but you will for lying about it, either during the written statement or the polygraph. 

Honesty is paramount in the Police. Lie at any time, about having mailed a letter you actually didn't, or having spoken to a person you didn’t, and you could be out. Even if your captain "forgives" you, if the Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC) finds out via the grapevine, you won't be walking a beat, you'll be saying "would you like fries with that."

My take-aways for this week:

  • It takes a minimum of 56 weeks, from recruitment letter to Day 1 of solo patrol.
  • State Troopers and Police train at the same facility in Connecticut, but totally separate. Police training is 22 weeks, Troopers go for 8 months.
  • It costs the town $7,256 to outfit (clothes and equipment) a new recruit.
  • The cost of the Police Academy is covered by money accrued from traffic fines.
  • Pepper spray has a dye additive which marks the "perp." It also comes in three forms: stream (best for self defense), fogger (best for crowds) & foam (good for "behind- you situations. Also generally causes "perp; to try to wipe it off, thereby rubbing more in his eyes).
  • Milk is much more effective is attenuating the effects of pepper spray than water. 
 And, I'm proud to announce, at least two of the officers in our town department have graduated #1 in their Academy class!










1 comment:

  1. Very interesting posts. Thanks for sharing what you learned.

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