Today I graduated
Well, it's essentially over. My law enforcement program is at an end today. Three hours ago I attended graduation. In April I will re-take the physical and my certification will be post-dated to today. I have completed training as type-two law enforcement. I can join the DEA, ATF, Homeland Security, Border Patrol, Fish and Game, USDA, National Park Service, or simply become a police officer. I have contacts in each of those departments now. I've lost forty-five pounds; I have excelled at all the tests necessary to maintaining the peace, and have, according to my teacher, surpassed his skills. I also know how to interview and interrogate. I know the laws and federal regulations that entitle me to do those things in different circumstances. I can write a professional police report, draw court-acceptable sketches, and know how to preservce crimes scenes and evidence. I know how to present a case in court. I have successfully navigated cone courses with patrol vehicles--I like those Crown Vics, they handle well. I'm certified in CPR again, but my First Aid this time is classified as "Wildnerness First Aid". I have a hunting license now, a certificate stating I've completed state firearms training so I can get my license to carry, and tomorrow will be certified as a federal firefighter.
My dad and sister came down from Maine to attend my graduation. My boyfriend also came. My boyfriend brought me chocolate and a card today. A few days ago he brought me roses, a card, and Cadbury eggs. During graduation, the instructor made a few comments on a few person in the class. He made comments on all of my favorite people--and me. He said how far I've come and what an inspiration I've been to everyone. I'm kind of stunned right now...I guess I never really thought this course would end. I've spent 400 hours in training. Everyone's told me how they admire what I've faced & who I am. Now I have to figure out who I am and what to do with me. Today is the first day of the rest of my life.
Time for a nap.
Wish me luck out there.
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