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Texas Governor Calls for Minute of Red and Blue on Friday


 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott posted on Facebook Wednesday asking for a minute of Red and Blue flashing lights throughout the state at 11:00AM on Friday September 5th. The minute is in honor of Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth and other law enforcement officers throughout Texas.

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Are You Making These Common Mistakes in Preparation for Your Academy? (Part II)


 

Here are some common mistakes that I hope to help you avoid (read part I here):

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Two mile jogs. If you’re looking at your physical fitness requirements, chances are you saw that you’ll have to pass a mile and a half run in a set amount of time. Don’t let this fool you! Just because you have to pass the mile and a half by the end of the Academy, doesn’t mean that’s all you should be training for.

If you’ve gotten into a habit of running a mile and a half or two miles and stopping, now is the time to break that habit. If you get a PT instructor like I had, who absolutely loves to run, 5 to 8 mile runs will be commonplace, often without warning. He may tell you you’ll be running to the 2 mile marker, but what he doesn’t tell you is that you’ll be running to it 4 times!

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Are You Making These Common Mistakes in Preparation for Your Academy? (Part I)


 

Congratulations on getting your selection letter and confirmation that you now have an academy date. There are lots of important decisions and adjustments you now need to make before it’s time to enter on duty. Here are some common mistakes that I hope to help you avoid:

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Eating a junk diet. Take note of what you’re putting into your body. Do you make lots of pit stops at McDonald’s? Are you heating up Stouffer’s mac n’ cheese at 10:00 PM? Now is a good time, before you leave for the academy, to clean up these habits. If you want to get serious about this, it will require extra effort when you get to the academy. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that what they’re serving you in the mess hall is grade A material. That’s all the more reason to take your nutrition into your own hands by supplementing outside of your regular meals.

If you start fueling your body with a clean, healthy diet months before leaving for the academy, you’re going to notice a huge difference both physically and mentally. You’ll be more alert, have more energy, and it won’t feel like such a struggle to remember the things you’re learning. You want to be operating at the top of your game, and this is arguably the most important step of all.
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10 Ways Not To Make A Name For Yourself On Your First Day At The Academy (Part II)


 

So it’s your first day at the academy. You’re laughing, joking, and meeting new classmates. You’ve all talked about your past experiences and what you’re expecting to come your way. If you’re like me, you might be listening to something like Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson to keep your mind occupied. As you roll up to the academy site, you can see your instructor waiting to address your class. This is where first impressions can be a really big deal. Here’s how to not make a name for yourself on the first day:

(See tips 1-5 here)

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Show up looking like a professional. Don’t roll in there looking like you slept in your clothes. If you’ve passed your interview, hopefully you’ve already figured this out. An untucked, wrinkled polo with khakis that don’t fit is no way to make a first impression. I’ve seen it more than once. Most often, you’ll be instructed to dress in business attire or business casual attire. Always err on the side of being over-dressed. If you’re unsure how to dress, take a few minutes to do a little research. It will be well worth your time.

Don’t try to be the class comedian. There’s only one Bill Murray and this isn’t Stripes. There’s going to be a class clown and you’re all going to love him or her. But not just because they make you laugh; it’s because they take the attention off the rest of you. If you want to be the one who gets all the attention from the instructors, then go for it. Just be ready to run a few extra miles and do about a thousand extra flutter kicks.

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10 Ways Not To Make A Name For Yourself On Your First Day At The Academy (Part I)


 

So it’s your first day at the academy. You’re laughing, joking, and meeting new classmates. You’ve all talked about your past experiences and what you’re expecting to come your way. If you’re like me, you might be listening to something like Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson to keep your mind occupied. As you roll up to the academy site, you can see your instructor waiting to address your class. This is where first impressions can be a really big deal. Here’s how to not make a name for yourself on the first day:

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When they ask if anyone has any questions, they’re seeing who’s dumb enough to ask one. Remember when you were told in school that there are no stupid questions? You were being set up for failure. No, questions in general are not a bad thing. Asking questions will be an important part of your development as an officer. But in this situation, they’ll more than likely hurt you. Unless it’s absolutely essential, try to figure things out on your own or ask your classmates at the appropriate time.

Don’t be the guy who asks about sidearm specs on the first day. This almost falls under rule number 1, except it deserves its own attention. There’s always one guy who asks a question without really looking for an answer. He may ask something like, “Didn’t you used to carry a Glock before switching to H&K?” He already knows the answer and is trying to show the instructor and his class that he’s done a little research. The instructor is aware of this. Don’t be that guy.

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