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Oath of Office

It’s here. We’ve been broken into groups of eight, because there are only eight testing stations in the testing center. Those of us with jobs get to take the test first, at 0700; this is not because we’re “better” than…

Final Exams

It’s been a good and long weekend. On Saturday I saw some old friends at a conference nearby, and on Sunday GI Jane and I had a three hour study session in preparation for the final. I must say I…

Disengage and TASE

Bright, sunny morning, 52°F and clear. I drive in to the academy for the last day of instruction. I’ve already passed my practical examination, so all I must do is help my classmates pass theirs (by being a good practice…

Walk This Way

The Walk-and-Turn test is the one that makes me laugh the most, because it seems so easy to explain, and is in fact so hard to do. The instructors are clear that, when properly demonstrated and administered, it’s an easy…

Watch my Finger

The last three days of the academy are to be spent doing standardized field sobriety testing – SFST. Of course, there’s a practical examination. “If you don’t do every one of the three tests perfectly, you fail SFST, and you…

Sims City

Oscar is back. Our PT instructor left us about six weeks ago to head to a deployment in Korea, where he did his annual duty as an Air Force Reserve captain, and popped his head back in the class late…

Asset Forfeiture

The art of confiscating from criminals their assets is a dark one. The United States is pretty good at guaranteeing liberty and freedom from confiscation, but over the last several decades, especially since the dawn of the “war on drugs”,…