The New Guy=Long Shifts

July 26, 2009

I am one of two new cadets at my department.  My partner, Ponch, and I are both scheduled to go to the police academy in January.  So, in the interim, the brass has been trying to keep us busy with various tasks here and there.

About 2 weeks ago, there was an attempted sexual assault.  That is not the most common call for our department and in an attempt to keep the makers of the budgets feeling safe and happy, Ponch and I have been stationed in the building where the offense occurred.  8 hours in one place, doing nothing but listening to the officer’s respond to calls that we can’t go to is not exactly how I envisioned my police career starting.  Also, in an attempt to have 24/7 uniformed coverage of the building, Ponch and I have been taking 16 hour shifts every other day.  16 hours.  That’s a long, dry day.

James encourages us to see the positive in the midst of our trials.  Let me tell you, standing around for 16 hours gives you a lot of time to look for the positives.  I am getting very familiar with the department, how different officers and supervisors interact, the layout of our jurisdiction, and I have 6 months to study and prepare for the academy.

God Bless.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds. James 1:2 (esv)

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