Six weeks from now I begin the Academy towards becoming a Reserve Deputy Sheriff. The 13 month program, conducted in the evenings around my work, prepares the Cadets to graduate as a fully licensed Peace Officer in the State of Texas.
It’s a grueling program where I will learn Texas Law, fighting techniques and how to handle weapons – both lethal and non-lethal. I will be tased, tested and pepper sprayed. I will be hit, thrown and yelled at as I become a Deputy Sheriff.
Prior to each session, I will spend about an hour completing physical training including running for a mile and a half, pushups, sit-ups and numerous other exercises aimed to get me fighting fit.
So why am I doing this?
The first answer is that I have been fascinated in police work my whole life, but have pursued other important work. The Reserve program allows me to become a Police Officer while continuing my day job.
I love the idea of serving the community I live in. To become a Deputy creates the opportunity to participate in a different and meaningful way.
Finally, I want to challenge myself. At 46 I want to see if I have what it takes to complete the grueling requirements to become a Police Officer.
So September of 2019 when my badge is pinned, I will become the answer to the joke..
What do you get if you cross a Priest, a CEO and Police Officer? That would be me!