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The Police Academy

4.23.2014
When I posted last week and mentioned that Pamela's husband was going through the same police academy that I went though, many of you emailed me with questions. It didn't hit me until then that I have never mentioned the fact that I went to B.L.E.T. on here. (Basic Law Enforcement Training). 

It's crazy that I've never talked about it because it was such a huge turning point in my life. Let me explain...
 
During the Summer of 2011 I started ride-alongs with the local police station in NC. I knew some of the officers so I enjoyed riding with them and getting in on the action.

This is where my heart fell in love with the job of a police officer. I couldn't get enough. Not to mention I know my home town like the back of my hand so I felt comfortable in the city (using that term lightly, Boone is no city). I decided quickly during that Summer I wanted to be a police officer and get a job at my hometown station.

Can you spot me?
 I joined the police academy in August of 2011. I completed 624 hours of training along with 4 other women and 15 boys err men I should say. It was 8am - 5pm every day of the week. PT in the mornings and class or hands on training the rest of the day. A lot of days were spent in the classroom taking tests or being taught by various officers who specialize in specific areas such as drugs, driving, self defense, shooting...

The fun days were spent on the gun range, on driving courses, beating each other up, in warehouses and various other courses where we would practice our skills.

I was gased. It was awful. The pain stayed with me the entire evening and the gas reactivated when I took a shower. I was never pepper sprayed or tazed. They save that for the department you hire on with. I was extremely grateful for this saving grace.

Weeks before graduating we had to complete a test called POPAT. This is what all of our PT led up to. Preparing us for this obstacle course that was one of the determining factors if we passed the academy or not. You had to run up and down 3 flights of stairs, push through a weighted door, crawl through a tunnel, do 20 push-ups and sit-ups, run 30 feet down and 30 feet back, do 20 more push-ups and sit-ups and then finish by dragging a "lifeless" body from the police vehicle 10 feet away and lay them down. All while wearing your bullet-proof vest and carrying your duty belt with your gun, baton, handcuffs and other gadgets. It was extremely tough, but so rewarding to complete! Not to mention I felt like a beast after.

Four months and 624 hours later on December 6th I received my certificate of completion and graduated with my classmates as the 73rd BLET class.
Giving our head captain his well deserved plaque
Our 2nd captain and one of my best friends from the class.
I had a hard time walking away from all of my classmates whom I had just spent so many tough hours of my life with. We bonded, connected and depended on each other after being pushed to our limits for 4 months. We have talked of having a reunion in the near future, but nothing in the works yet.


You are probably wondering, "Why aren't you a cop now?". Well, after I graduated I applied at my hometown police station. Where I could see myself staying for the years ahead. I didn't get the job right away. Lots of weeks went by because they were interviewing other officers.

Then something I didn't expect in "my 5 year plan" happened. Jon proposed to me on January 12th. Days later I got the phone call that I had been chosen for the job at my hometown station.

I declined.

A month before he proposed. Only 6 months into dating! #whenyaknowyaknow
Turning down that job was one of the hardest moments of my life, but The good Lord knew where I was meant to be. And I had faith that the path He was taking me on was something I wouldn't understand until later in life. I'm so grateful I'm a wife and business owner now instead of working around the clock in a dangerous job. Not to say I don't get envious when I see an officer on duty. I will always have a passion for the job, but I'm so grateful for the physical and mental strength I gained from being in the police acadamy. It changed me forever.

Oh and because of my CPR training I have saved one persons life since graduating, but that's a story for another day...


20 comments on "The Police Academy"
  1. I was wondering about that when you posted! How awesome that you completed the academy??? I would have literally died on that POPAT test!

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  2. Glad to hear your story about it :-) Now, I'm curious about you saving someone's life!!

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  3. Wow! What an accomplishment! Thanks for sharing! I'm super impressed :)

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  4. That is so awesome!! Thanks for sharing your story, you are a beast ;) What a big accomplishment Maegen. I think you are right where you belong!

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  5. I could not imagine doing this! So so so crazy yet seems like tons of fun! Ps your from Boone, NC!? My family use to own a home there, my grandfather lives there, and my sister and cousin went to APP!!

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  6. That is amazing! My dad is a police officer so I understand how difficult it can be. I personally think you made the right choice for you, and I commend that! Love you lots, girl!

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  7. This is amazing!!! I love that you went through all of this, you are such a beast. You never know one day you may be a cop :)

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  8. Holy cow! That's crazy and amazing! I never in a million bazillion years would have guessed that about you. You seriously get cooler by the minute. :)

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  9. I honestly never would have guessed! This is absolutely amazing! I love hearing about the random, not so normal aspects of others lives :)

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  10. So interesting to hear this story about this passion you have for law enforcement! And, seriously, you're tough! I don't think I could make it through that kind of training! So you moved away from your hometown when you got married?

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  11. #tbt ;) Aww loved hearing the full story & seeing the pictures!! B gets pepper sprayed (again!) today & gassed Saturday!! They had their POPAT final "test" last night! He did the POPAT through his work a few weeks ago, just for fun/participation & the certificate/badge. He actually beat his time last night from his works competition!

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  12. You are a rock star! That final test sounds like a beast! Isn't it funny how we think we can plan our life when God clearly has his own plans? :)

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  13. You are a rock star! That final test sounds like a beast! Isn't it funny how we think we can plan our life when God clearly has his own plans? :)

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  14. How awesome are you?! I would've felt like a beast after completing that final test too! Isn't it crazy the turns our lives can make in such a short amount of time?

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  15. That is so awesome!!! Congrats on graduating from the police academy, that is a huge achievement! Can't wait to hear the story about you saving someone's life! Wow!

    <3, Pamela
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  16. Thank you for sharing! Everything really does always work out for a reason. And someone is going to be in for quite a surprise if they ever decide to mess with this little blonde! :)

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  17. this is cool! ultimately you know you have made the right decision and everything works out the way it should.

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  18. How cool is this! I definitely have never seen anyone this pretty on the force :) Thank you for sharing :)

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  19. You are so awesome. I mean, seriously.

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