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Selected for MNPD police academy 3 January!!!

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by finz50, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. finz50


    Dec 11, 2007
    Middle TN
    After spending the last 9 months unemployed, I was finally selected for the MNPD police academy in 2 weeks....just got the call today!! Super stoked...

    Background: 36 yo/male...Spent almost 12 years in the AF as an aircraft maintenance officer. Thanks to the political climate/economy, the AF decided to cut nearly 35% of my career field. As of 1 March, I got involuntarily separated and got to play Mr. Mom to my three kids while the wife is in nursing school.

    I've been trying to get into LE since I got out (even though I'm taking a pay cut of over 50%...I was a Major + receiving BAH, which hurts...but better than not finding a job!!) Applied for the FBI but they did the hiring freeze so applied to our local PD, TBI and Metro. Really wanted Metro since the FBI was a no go and since it's where I was raised and the current and retired Metro officers I've spoken to and done ride alongs with really seemed to like working for the department.

    Applied back in March, PT tested in Jun/Jul did my background Sep/Oct and since Thanksgiving did my psych eval, medical, and CVSA. Recruiting called me Tuesday and said I was slated for the March class. Got the call today and they said I start in two weeks-YIKES!

    Not really looking forward to the academy and feeling like I'm going through boot camp again, but I know it's the nature of the beast :drillsgt: Looking forward to the new career and making the most of it!
  2. ropin4gold


    Oct 22, 2006
    Middle TN
    Good deal. I have alot of buddies on at metro. They seem to like it. Good luck in the academy and have fun "hitting the gate"

  3. My advise to all new jacks is to keep their options open for lateral transfers or to Federal agencies. Since you also applied to the FBI, keep that option open with them, although I see that you may be in a race with time/age. But you never know.

    Good luck with everything.
  4. Let me know if I can answer any questions for you. Congrats!
  5. finz50


    Dec 11, 2007
    Middle TN
    Hey freeride88, you made the offer....I'm gonna send you a bunch tomorrow :) long ago did you finish the academy?
  6. PM me and I'll try to help.

    *edit* I'd like to preserve a bit of anonymity, but I'll be glad to talk in private, is what I mean.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2011
  7. Good luck. You've been through the mind games before so you'll be fine. Congrats
  8. Scattergun1187

    Scattergun1187 Vote Republican

    Jul 24, 2010
    For awhile I have been thinking of going to the Police Academy at my local college. I would have to do the part time. Which is from 6:00pm to 10:00pm M-T and all day Saturday. And I work from 6:00am to 4:30pm, which I get up at 4:00 to get ready for work. My Brother -In-Law works for the Sheriff's office for 8yrs. But my wife is dead set against me pursing this type of job.
    I'm 38 and in good shape and I don't want to work where I am for ever. Even though it pays way more than I would be paid working as an officer.
    Decisions, decisions.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2011
  9. Congrats and Best of luck......:wavey:
  10. You only live once. May as well make it worthwile.
  11. I would never advise anything that would cause problems at home with the spouse. And being able to earn sufficient $$$ to live a lifestyle your family is already used to is very important.

    But the "would have, could have, should have" regret is a nagging, bit*hy mistress. Good luck.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2011
  12. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    The odds are that your academy will be much more "academic" (no pun intended) than boot camp. Your age and specific life experience will make it a walk in the park for you, at least in terms of the structure and disciplinary aspects.
  13. glock509


    Jun 20, 2006
    cartersville ga
    I start my academy class at a tech college Jan.3 good luck to you.
  14. Not in nashville, my friend. Our main training officer likes to say "if you wanted to be a sissy, you should have joined the Marines".

    That wasn't really popular with the Marines in my class.

    Seriously, it's really tough PT.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2011
  15. finz50


    Dec 11, 2007
    Middle TN
    Must be talking about Willis......LOL
  16. Ruprect


    May 29, 2007
    Are you starting the academy in two weeks or your pre academy assignment?

    If you've got till March; run, pushups, sit-ups, repeat.

    Best of luck!
  17. finz50


    Dec 11, 2007
    Middle TN
    No class starts 3 Jan! Been doing PU and running...
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2011
  18. glockster72


    Mar 25, 2001
    Down the hill up the hill down the hill up the hill :rofl:
  19. SgtScott31


    Jan 17, 2011
    I work w/Nashville Airport PD. If you're scheduled to FTO in South or Hermitage during C detail, PM me. MNPD's academy is no joke. Make sure you're doing what you can to get into good shape.