Running, jumping, crawling; An overview of law enforcement training

CHESAPEAKE, Virginia – You might be considering starting a career in law enforcement, but ask those in the field and they’ll tell you it involves persistence, physical and mental toughness.

“If you are confident, engaged and community oriented then we want you,” said Major David Rosado of the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office.

The Chesapeake Law Enforcement Training Academy opened at News 3 to show what you can expect when you are starting out. Major Rosado is one of the academy’s instructors.

Recruits will be subjected to physical aptitude tests. The Chesapeake Training Academy’s agility course features a series of obstacles that mimic scenarios MPs may encounter on duty.

The recruits must run, jump and crawl. Part of the agility course is also to memorize the details of a suspect that the recruit needs to identify based on the information provided by the instructor. There was also a 150-pound dummy that recruits had to shoot a short distance and lie down gently.

Instructors said everyone usually finished in under two minutes. News 3 Journalist Julio Avila ran the course and finished in 1h28.

There were two recruits who were to take the course, after a mile and a half run. A recruit ran the agility course in 1:16.

“If you are able to pass our physical agility course, we have the whole 17 week academy to get you into better shape,” said Rosado.

If you pass after these 17 weeks, you will be sworn in as a deputy. However, you should not expect physical tests.

“Through the academy, we take a collective of 11 written tests,” explained Sergeant Nikki Pascal, deputy director of the training academy, “two weeks of defensive tactics, one week of driving, and we also have a gun week. “

If you think you can meet all the requirements, you might fit in.

“It’s difficult, but it’s totally doable,” said Sergeant Pascal.

At present, sheriff’s offices across the region, including Chesapeake, are facing a shortage of candidates. They are looking to hire and retain members of Parliament.

Sheriff’s offices have had to adjust their hiring practices, such as lowering the hiring age from 21 to 18. In previous interviews, Hampton Roads sheriffs have said the new hiring age has resulted in new hires.

“Once they’ve done that and they know they can accomplish this,” Rosado said, “everything else will fall into place.”

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