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« on: December 05, 2016, 08:17:28 AM »
So, I retired from the Army at the end of June, and I've been in the academy since August.  Friday was graduation, and today is the first day of field training.

So I'm officially a cop now, for Texas A&M University. (Which is actually a decent sized department - 70+ officers, policing 65,000 students and 5-10,000 faculty staff. And 100,000+ fans on game days.)

One item of interest is this means I will be involved in the funeral activities when Pres. George H.W. Bush departs this mortal coil, since he will be buried at his library on campus.
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    « Reply #1 on: December 05, 2016, 09:04:05 AM »
    Congrats on the new job.
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    « Reply #2 on: December 05, 2016, 09:50:35 AM »
    Congrats on the new gig, and good luck!  :thumbup1

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    « Reply #3 on: December 05, 2016, 10:02:37 AM »
    Good luck brother.

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    « Reply #4 on: December 05, 2016, 01:47:16 PM »
    Congratulations! Good luck on FTO  :thumbup1
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    « Reply #5 on: December 05, 2016, 03:00:13 PM »
    Good luck brother




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    « Reply #6 on: December 05, 2016, 04:41:15 PM »
    Be Safe.
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    « Reply #7 on: December 05, 2016, 07:11:08 PM »
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    « Reply #8 on: December 07, 2016, 12:25:09 AM »
    They still have officers on campus? Didn't think they needed them with all the "safe places" they have now.

    Congrats and stay safe

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    « Reply #9 on: December 07, 2016, 12:43:39 AM »
    Congrats on the new gig.   Stay safe.   :thumbup1
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    « Reply #10 on: December 07, 2016, 09:18:38 PM »
    Congratulations on your new career, keep safe and watch your back.

    Sounds like a huge amount of students / faculty.
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    « Reply #11 on: December 08, 2016, 10:03:48 PM »
    So today was the first taste of doing real patrol officer stuff. (We're still in the "get briefed on all the Dept policies and such" phase before they send us out for field training). Training sergeant gets a phone call, then tells the two of us new officers "Go get your uniforms on, meet me in the parking lot." (UPD is quite un-uptight, so during this phase of training, we wear just khakis and polos, with our pistol and cuffs on the belt.)

    Suspicious package at the General Services building, and we're told to watch the door at the far end of the building and make sure nobody goes in.

    Hour and fifteen or so after we arrive, bomb squad destroys the suspicious package (which turned out to be an admission packet, jazzed up to offer a battery-powered light show when opened. No kidding. A for creativity, F for common sense) and we all pack up and go home.

    Some kid needs to re-submit their admissions packet.  :whistle
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    « Reply #12 on: December 08, 2016, 10:12:40 PM »
    Wow, what a day.

    Hope the kid learns from it.

    Hope for continued good experience within the department!
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    « Reply #13 on: December 08, 2016, 10:12:46 PM »
    So today was the first taste of doing real patrol officer stuff. (We're still in the "get briefed on all the Dept policies and such" phase before they send us out for field training). Training sergeant gets a phone call, then tells the two of us new officers "Go get your uniforms on, meet me in the parking lot." (UPD is quite un-uptight, so during this phase of training, we wear just khakis and polos, with our pistol and cuffs on the belt.)

    Suspicious package at the General Services building, and we're told to watch the door at the far end of the building and make sure nobody goes in.

    Hour and fifteen or so after we arrive, bomb squad destroys the suspicious package (which turned out to be an admission packet, jazzed up to offer a battery-powered light show when opened. No kidding. A for creativity, F for common sense) and we all pack up and go home.

    Some kid needs to re-submit their admissions packet.  :whistle

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    You didn't have local news or anything get alerted/sent out, did you? Knowing now that it's not a threat, that is hilarious.
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    « Reply #14 on: December 08, 2016, 10:36:05 PM »
    :rotfl

    You didn't have local news or anything get alerted/sent out, did you? Knowing now that it's not a threat, that is hilarious.

    Local media was out. That's my training sergeant on camera.

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    « Reply #15 on: December 08, 2016, 10:41:34 PM »
    Best comment on the incident I've seen so far:

    " "What is one time you had a different outcome than anticipated? What did you learn from it?"

    Sounds like she'll nail her interview/essay question."

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    « Reply #16 on: December 08, 2016, 10:41:45 PM »
    Gee, I hope the kid whose papers got nuked sees that...  :facepalm

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    « Reply #17 on: December 08, 2016, 10:49:18 PM »
    Kid got a visit from the FBI...
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    « Reply #18 on: December 08, 2016, 10:58:50 PM »
    Kid got a visit from the FBI...

    From what you said, the person who sent it didn't have any malicious intent. I'm not really sure what the FBI could gain from visiting them  :facepalm. Other then stupidity, what crimes were committed?
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
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    « Reply #19 on: December 08, 2016, 11:08:01 PM »
    I think the visit was before they knew what it was, just based on the return address. Even after they were told what was in it, the explosives dog still hit on the package, so they hosed it.
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    « Reply #20 on: December 08, 2016, 11:11:04 PM »
    I think the visit was before they knew what it was, just based on the return address. Even after they were told what was in it, the explosives dog still hit on the package, so they hosed it.

    Ah, ok. So no one got locked up, but some things definitely needed to be answered for.
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

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    « Reply #21 on: December 09, 2016, 06:50:02 AM »
    Ah, ok. So no one got locked up, but some things definitely needed to be answered for.

    That's my understanding. "Nice creativity, kid. Please don't do that again."
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    « Reply #22 on: December 09, 2016, 12:29:10 PM »
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    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
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    « Reply #23 on: December 09, 2016, 02:29:51 PM »
    "That is *not* what they mean by 'making your application shine.'"

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    « Reply #24 on: December 09, 2016, 03:53:19 PM »
    "That is *not* what they mean by 'making your application shine.'"

    OHH, I thought that meant to include 'shine with your application. That is probably why I got into OSU so easily. Those Agriculture dept. fellows really know good quality 'shine.
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