PCCLEA: Orientation Night

For those who don’t know, I’m enrolled in a self-sponsored peace officer academy run through my local community college: the Pima Community College Law Enforcement Academy (PCCLEA). I’m going to try to blog regularly about it, time permitting. And there may not be much time. The academy is held every Monday and Wednesday from 17:00 to 22:30, and Saturdays from 07:00 to 16:30 until 13 June 2012. And occasional Sundays depending on the training objective. These are the formal class sessions; this doesn’t include homework or study groups. In other words, my weekends and evenings are seriously curtailed for the next nine months. During the day I work a full-time job.

Tonight was orientation. It was a short one-hour session. There are 19 cadets, and each was allowed to bring up to two other guests. Almost immediately after beginning, we cadets were pulled aside into another room, and got “friendly” with the training staff for a few minutes. We got yelled at, but no physical training.

Saturday is the first “real” training day. Mondays and Wednesdays will usually be held on the Pima Community College campus, but Saturdays are at the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center, used by many local agencies as their full-time agency-sponsored academy. I’m expecting the full paramilitary treatment. In the meantime, I have to get together a list of things to bring on that day. Some I already have; others I’ll have to get, taking up even more of what’s left of my free time. But that’s the way it is, and I’m prepared for the sacrifice. In a few weeks I should have a routine down pat, making this less painful.

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