state6three8 Thanks for your post. As a former officer and former fto I will say i wish more Dept's would select their training cadre from the small pool of Officers who will " Filter the training " with a strong dose of common sense . As an Officer of the last century i have to say that in some aspects todays LE has grown in professionalism using tools and techniques i did not have . I have to also comment that it seems to me training standards have in many ways defaulted to the lowest common denominater and a " by the book, tab a slot b " approach to every situation has replaced Officer Discression . Of course i had little chance of getting sued for washing out an officer because he/she was simply unsuited to the job , or an idiot .