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Inside RTC #122 - Shaky hands. Jittery feet. Racing heart.

September 19, 2011

Questions about expectations. Wondering if I’m ready, if I’m prepared.

First day of school or new job jitters? Kind of both. I’m preparing for recruit training with the Edmonton Police Service.

I imagine many people who want to be police officers think of this day with the same feelings of trepidation and ask themselves the same questions.

What am I getting myself into? How intense will training really be? How could I have better prepared?

Through this blog, I hope to ease those feelings with an inside look at recruit training. If you’re interested in a becoming a police officer, follow my journey and experiences through training.

Let me back up and introduce myself and how I think this may help you realize your dream of becoming a police officer.

My name is Abby. I’ve worked in a civilian role with the Edmonton Police Service for almost five years.

In grade 8, a police officer came and talked to my class. He had such an impact on me that I still have his business card.

For about five years after that, I wanted to be an officer. I went to university, and my career goals changed. I love my current job and feel it offers me the best of both worlds: a job a love, with an organization I’m passionate about.

I’m not joining the ranks of Recruit Training Class #122. Instead, I’ll be doing abbreviated training, attending a variety of training days and sessions.

So while I won’t be achieving an old dream of becoming an officer, I’ll walk a few days in their boots training alongside future officers.

I’ll blog weekly about the training I did that week, what I learned, and what I can share with you. Some weeks you may read a guest post from a recruit or from one of the instructors.

I hope to help you figure out whether policing is right for you, or for someone you know. I hope to shed some light on how you can prepare for police training. I hope to help you decide you’re ready for a career in policing.

If you have any questions at all, feel free to email me at recruitblog@edmontonpolice.ca. I’ll answer your questions the best I can.

Find out more about a career in policing. 
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