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My rookies lessons learned file

This is a discussion on My rookies lessons learned file within the Law Enforcement, Military & Homeland Security Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by SIXTO Reading my previous posts again, I see that they sound a little arrogant. (Who me? ) Be assured, I'm learning as ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Reading my previous posts again, I see that they sound a little arrogant. (Who me? )

    Be assured, I'm learning as well. Every rookie teaches me a few things along the way. They are generally fresh out of the academy, and have had good instructors show them some things. They are always quick to point out the few tricks they have in their tool bags.
    I'm coming up with a few thoughts to post about the mistakes I've made so far too.
    Sixto, I didn't interpret your posts as being arrogant. I've enjoyed reading them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    Sixto, I didn't interpret your posts as being arrogant. I've enjoyed reading them.
    After re reading them, it sounded to me as if I were trying to say that my rookie was dumb and look at me, I'm so smart. That's not the feel I was going for. I was looking for just the humorous side of it. I think most took it the way I intended, but I've decided to share my mistakes as well during this process to be fair and even the score a little bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    After re reading them, it sounded to me as if I were trying to say that my rookie was dumb and look at me, I'm so smart. That's not the feel I was going for. I was looking for just the humorous side of it. I think most took it the way I intended, but I've decided to share my mistakes as well during this process to be fair and even the score a little bit.

    I too, enjoy your serial story. I wish there were more like you telling of the daily activities of your profession. I do think that you make things very human and your telling on yourself can only help.


    I did think that you were somewhat there already. Maybe I am reading between the lines or making things up on my own.

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    I just can't get out of my head the Carol Burnett skit with Tim Conway where an apprenticing bank robber is a stopped by an apprenticing cop. Looked and looked on youtube, sorry...

    Hey Sixto, maybe your kid and the bank kid should spend some time together comparing notes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    He does what I say, and wham... there is a kid running from behind the shopping center right to us. I snatch him up and detain him. Rookie is just standing there looking at me with a dumb look on his face as I pat him down etc.

    Meanwhile, other units respond to the bank and get a description. Sure enough, it was a young white male wearing a white coat and a ski mask. No weapons were used or shown.
    Now, because of all the radio chatter, nobody else knows we have somebody in custody. So, I ask my rookie if he thinks this guy fits the description. Much to my surprise, he says no. Our guy doesn't have a mask on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    After re reading them, it sounded to me as if I were trying to say that my rookie was dumb and look at me, I'm so smart. That's not the feel I was going for. I was looking for just the humorous side of it. I think most took it the way I intended, but I've decided to share my mistakes as well during this process to be fair and even the score a little bit.
    It's all in good fun, didn't see you as arrogant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Reading my previous posts again, I see that they sound a little arrogant. (Who me? )
    Maybe Sir Sixto the Great could post some stories from his rookie days...


    I think as long as your rookie feels like he is improving, has your trust, and respect he will be fine. Hopefully, you commend him on the things he does well too.

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    good stories Six, keep 'em comin, always good to hear about people's experiences

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    I've got some more, we have had a busy week so far. One story involves the chiefs head, and the other has do with my cruiser and a large snow bank.
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    Well what are you waiting for lets hear emm... :)

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    We had a busy week. Nothing particularly funny happened, but we did do some good work. We solved a rape case and hunted down the BG, thats always fun. The turd likes to prey on women, but was a total wimp when he faced us. I cant share the details of that just yet.

    We also found sweet dog with no tags, chip etc. I decided let my rookie use his investigation skills that I taught him to see if he can find the dogs home. The dog was back home within an hour! I was pretty proud as an FTO, and he got his first "good boy" letter from a citizen.

    Just tonight, we made a decent drug pinch. Oh boy do we need to work on cuffing skills. I told him they work just like the fuzzy ones, but he still had them all jacked up on the stoner's wrists. Oh well, you got to learn some how.

    On to the goofy stuff; We went on a fight run in the ghetto. We were the fourth car there and were not really needed, to we just stopped in checked on the other guys and rolled on out. Now, we had the entire shift there and the Chief. My rookie goes to turn the car around and slams it right into a snowbank. I'm yelling STOP!!! He's saying what for, and the entire shift is looking/laughing at us as car car gets hung up in the snow. The ghetto natives had a good laugh I'm sure too.
    Later on back at the office, the Chief pulls me aside and tells me to take away his car keys, and give him a bike helmet. He wants me to make him wear it the rest of the shift... Good times.

    I'm going to withhold the story about the Chiefs head for now, I don't know if he's pissed about it, or thinks its funny. I got to ask him first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    We had a busy week. Nothing particularly funny happened, but we did do some good work. We solved a rape case and hunted down the BG, thats always fun. The turd likes to prey on women, but was a total wimp when he faced us. I cant share the details of that just yet.

    We also found sweet dog with no tags, chip etc. I decided let my rookie use his investigation skills that I taught him to see if he can find the dogs home. The dog was back home within an hour! I was pretty proud as an FTO, and he got his first "good boy" letter from a citizen.

    Just tonight, we made a decent drug pinch. Oh boy do we need to work on cuffing skills. I told him they work just like the fuzzy ones, but he still had them all jacked up on the stoner's wrists. Oh well, you got to learn some how.

    On to the goofy stuff; We went on a fight run in the ghetto. We were the fourth car there and were not really needed, to we just stopped in checked on the other guys and rolled on out. Now, we had the entire shift there and the Chief. My rookie goes to turn the car around and slams it right into a snowbank. I'm yelling STOP!!! He's saying what for, and the entire shift is looking/laughing at us as car car gets hung up in the snow. The ghetto natives had a good laugh I'm sure too.
    Later on back at the office, the Chief pulls me aside and tells me to take away his car keys, and give him a bike helmet. He wants me to make him wear it the rest of the shift... Good times.

    I'm going to withhold the story about the Chiefs head for now, I don't know if he's pissed about it, or thinks its funny. I got to ask him first.

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    Thanks Sixto, enjoying the stories.
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    Good stuff, keep them coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    After re reading them, it sounded to me as if I were trying to say that my rookie was dumb and look at me, I'm so smart.
    There was a sergeant here who I worked with almost exclusively for over 8 years, until he died of a heart attack off-duty. He taught me a lot. And there was much more that he showed himself capable of that just amazed me. ("How could he KNOW that?!")

    The thing that amazed me the most was how he nonplussed he was about his own abilities. It was no big deal to him.

    What I've learned since then is that this knowledge/wisdom/ability comes with experience, and the lessons learned through that experience.

    .....and now it's ME who doesn't think it's any big deal, even as I catch the youngsters gawking at me with mouths agape.....

    (but I very clearly recall BEING one of those youngsters)

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