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AUG 2018

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12 POLICE AUGUST 2018 W hen asked about the police academy, past graduates might proclaim it more closely resembles military boot camp than school. But it is set up this way for a reason. e police academy is meant to train prospective officers for the stressful and demanding environment they will en- counter on the job. It is essential for officers to be fully equipped, both physi- cally and mentally, for the challenges they will face. Consid- er that in 2018 alone, the following made headlines: • Officers responded to a mass shooting at Marjory Stone- man Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, where 14 stu- dents and three staff members lost their lives. • e Officer Down Memorial Page reports 77 officers have died in the line of duty in 2018, with five months left to go. irty-one of those officers were shot and killed by gunfire. • Police removed 10 children from a squalid California home where acts of intentional abuse resulted in puncture wounds, burns, bruising, and injuries consistent with being shot with a pellet gun. • A judge ruled that a Florida police officer must stand trial for the fatal shooting of a stranded motorist, saying his retelling of what happened on the darkened highway off- ramp was "unreliable and not credible." ese are just some of the many situations involving police in 2018, and police officers must be ready for them. Officers perform the way they are trained to perform. e Get as fit as you can before entering the academy because passing the test to get in is just the beginning. HOW TO SURVIVE THE ACADEMY Police Academy Instructor Patrick Martin shares 10 tips to help prospective officers meet the rigors of police training. How To... RONNIE WENDT PHOTO: POLICE FILE

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