Saturday, June 27, 2009

Physical Training

In the police academy we trained for physical fitness by running in a group of 75 people. We exercised in a group of 75 people. We did push ups together as a group of 75 people. When was the last time you exercised with 74 other police? Perhaps training us in an exercises program that we could realistically continue after the academy would have been a good idea? Getting 74 of your closest cop friends together every morning for a brisk run is generally not going to happen.

Then, when someone in the group did something the tactical staff deemed as "bad" we were punished by having to run, or do push ups. So one of the things we learned was running or exercising was something you did as punishment because you were "bad." Once out of the police academy, I never wanted to run or do push ups again.

In firearms training we have learned that we can unconsciously train people to do things we don't want them to do. Like fire the gun whenever they hear a whistle blow because every time we shoot on the range we blow a whistle as a "shoot" command. Part of what good range masters do is eliminate unconscious training. The physical training staff needs to train officers to keep fit in ways that officers can sustain after they get out of the academy and continue to retirement, that's what the SGT Says.

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