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  • Ok, here's one for yeah..

    I have a questions for all the LEO's (fulltime) current, former, and retired.

    One of our new guys was thinking about quiting. The file load is brutal and being a young guy he felt like the job "didn't fit", if you know what I mean.

    I know for me personally I felt more like a "cop" when I was an auxiliary. I knew what was expected of me, and I did it well.

    When I became a "regular" member of the force the expectations changed a 1000 fold. Now investigations were mine, I forwarded the reports to crown, (the prosecutor) and it was a bit overwhelming. Just knowing how to write a simple file in the correct language so it could be concluded, and not kicked back for more follow-up, etc in the begining is a challenge.

    So for me, and tell the young guy this every chance I get, it took a year before I felt completely comfortable in my job. I still get stumped just about every shift, don't get me wrong, but at least I know now how and where to go for the answers.

    So this is my question, how long was it before you all felt that comfort level at work???

  • #2
    6 weeks- when I got off FTO.

    PS- Read this.
    You have no right to not be offended.-Neal Boortz

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    • #3
      It was about four years for me.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Centurion44
        6 weeks- when I got off FTO.

        PS- Read this.
        Your FTO was only six weeks?

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        • #5
          The paper work only gets worse as you progress up the ranks. Maybe the guy really isn'y cut out to be a cop at all

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          • #6
            I had from sept to dec 31'st...to practice my skill's o.j.t.
            320 hrs academy, and work 320 hrs o.j.t. ( 16 hour days )....
            7 months later....quite comfortable, baptism under file.
            " if you talk in your sleep, don't mention my name....
            " if you walk in your sleep, forget where you came....

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            • #7
              The differing workdays are part of the challenge and the fun in law enforcement - "every day a school day".

              After I transferred to my 2nd post of duty, I reached a comfort level where I would dictate the complaints as I drove back from the jail, and drop the tape off with the secretary for transcription whicle I was off on another investigation. We all adjust differently.
              "A man who has nothing which he cares about more than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the existing of better men than himself."
              John Stuart Mill

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tennsix
                Your FTO was only six weeks?
                I have him beat. Mine was 6 days.
                "They keep creating new ways of celebrating mediocrity" - Mr. Incredible

                The future is not some place we are going,
                it is one we are creating.
                The paths are not to be found,
                they are to be made.
                And the activity of making them
                changes both the creator,
                and the destination.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DoTheNumbers
                  I have him beat. Mine was 6 days.
                  Hell, Toody and Muldoon got more training than that!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Tennsix
                    Your FTO was only six weeks?
                    Yeah- our department typically hires officers that are already certified.
                    You have no right to not be offended.-Neal Boortz

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                    • #11
                      We do too but they still have to complete the full FTO program. I was a already cop when I hired on at my current PD and I had to do the whole thing.

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