“We try to measure what people are doing on the job .
For the 74th Academy, only 10 of 73 cadets (14%) were dismissed or resigned from the training program. On the first day, De Angelis laid down a few of the academy ground rules:“We don’t want to see you in the 7-Eleven store in uniform. Of those, none flunked the physical agility tests and only one cadet was let go for failing a written examination.
Although that is comparable to the San Diego Police Department’s failure rate of 10% to 15%, several sheriff’s training officers criticized modern law-enforcement academies as too easy.“If we ran this academy the way we did 10 years ago, a lot of them would be gone,” Deputy Jack Strumsky said. If you walk around, wear a sweater or a cover jacket. In many cases, cadets had no problem preparing for the exams because their instructors read aloud the test questions and answers during class.
Dennis Kollar, director of the academy, had even fewer words of encouragement.“You could be the largest class we graduate, but that remains to be seen,” Kollar said. There’s no reason to believe that’s not going to continue. The people we fail are not qualified to become deputy sheriffs. Jerry Sanders, who ran the Police Academy for the past two years. Today’s academy staff will pull a cadet aside for a private counseling session, Kollar said. It will be dealt with disciplinary measures.“We don’t want to see anyone smoking anywhere on this campus. Bedsworth, 34, was breathing so heavy that a deputy became concerned he was having an asthma attack.“No, I’m a heavy smoker and I can’t quit, unfortunately,” Bedsworth said. Because the number of cadets was one of the largest in department history, the staff anticipated a higher attrition rate than the normal 25%.
Look around the room now, because not all of you will be here when you graduate.”Kollar’s drop-out estimate turned out to be exaggerated. But most cadets in the 74th Sheriff’s Academy rarely saw the sensitive side of a sheriff’s training officer, especially during the first few weeks. You should have an ID card at all times, two black ink pens, 25 cents for an emergency phone call. Teri Hartley, 28, held her midsection as she walked around the track moaning in pain. But only 14% of the 73 trainees who enrolled in the academy resigned or were dismissed.
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Notebooks and pens fell to the floor, making the deputies even angrier.“This program is not a walk-through,” Capt. John Tenwolde, director of the Sheriff’s Department’s public affairs division. You’ve got to let these guys know this is serious business. This is not a democracy here.”Two cadets did not return on the second day. using push-ups and running for punishment,” said Bob Spurlock, senior consultant for the state Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. “Our intention is to re-create in a positive fashion some degree of stress so we can make some observations about their ability to operate under stress.”Unlike the Sheriff’s Academy, training officers at the San Diego Police Academy do not yell in the faces of cadets or order push-ups for disciplinary purposes. There’s a certain amount of stress on a student just knowing that you have to pass a test in firearms or defensive driving.”Spurlock said the California Highway Patrol and Sacramento Police Department academies, where cadets stay overnight, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department are considered the most disciplined academies in the state. If someone slaps you up side the head, you won’t be able to get your hands out of your pocket. On the second day, members of the B section performed dozens of push-ups for committing a comedy of errors during their first uniform inspection.“It’s about time you people realize how important it is to have your equipment all the time,” Ogle said. During a leisurely 2 1/2-mile run around the Southwestern College track on the first day, several trainees were out of breath, moaning and on their knees. Praise the Lord.”De Angelis told the cadets they had no business showing up at the academy.“I will not send any of you to the field if I don’t think you can cover a fellow deputy out there,” he said. Not with my name signed to it.”Out of a class of 73 cadets in the 74th Academy, 49 were hired by the Sheriff’s Department, compared to about 15 deputies for each of the three previous academies.
Dick Reed, head of the sheriff’s personnel division, warned the cadets. You better be ready for us, because you can tell by looking in the eyes of my staff they are ready for you.” Lt. One of them, a 22-year-old journalism student, said he was interested in working for the Sheriff’s Department as long as he wasn’t required to attend the academy, De Angelis said. Law enforcement training officials in California disagree over how much stress is appropriate for police training.“There is a lot of controversy over . Nor do they demand written essays from cadets who show up late or get out of line.“We’re a moderate stress academy,” said Capt. When Kollar attended the San Diego County Sheriff’s Academy in 1969, training officers frequently insulted cadets in front of their classmates and demeaned trainees by asking why they hadn’t paid their bills. Loud, boisterous, profane conduct will not be tolerated. After four laps around the -mile track, several members of the academy slowed their pace to a walk. ” on the track, Robert Abel, 38, drew on spiritual resources to get him through the run.“Keep up the pace, Lord,” Abel said. This was partly due to an acceleration in hiring and a recent decision to hold two academy classes per year instead of four, sheriff’s officials said.
Sheriff’s trainees are yelled at in the early going and required to obey strict codes of conduct and etiquette. Only 5% of all applicants to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department fail the test, which consists of five timed events.
They must address their training officers by using the word “sir” at the start and end of every conversation.“Many of these kids are straight out of school or still living with mommy and daddy,” De Angelis said in an interview. Although every cadet in the 74th Academy passed the physical agility requirements, at least three were in such poor shape that they would pose a danger to their partners on the streets, training officers said. Boehm, executive director of the state training panel, defended the minimum physical agility level.