For the March 2018 issue of POLICE Magazine, we asked readers to submit their answers to the following question:
What is your most memorable training experience?
My most memorable training experience was attending the FBI National Academy.
As a field training officer, I have many. But my most memorable training experience was being my godson's FTO.
I still remember the old "Buck Savage" videos that Dave Smith used to do. They taught valuable lessons while making you laugh. And they're just as valuable today.
My most memorable training experience was trying to be a hot shot and instead making a fool of myself by twisting my ankle on the mats during DT training. That's one way to learn what not to do. It stuck with me.
I definitely remember the first time I got hit with a TASER in training. It's hard to forget.
A buddy and I attended a weekend training event and had the time of our lives learning and reinforcing essential firearms skills. I wish I had the money to do it more often, and I wish my agency would foot the bill, but it sure was worth every penny.
My most memorable training experience was finally acing the motorcycle test. It took a lot of spills and drills to get to that point. Now I get a thrill every time I see a new officer pass the test and join our ranks.
Riding with my FTO when I was first on patrol was pretty nerve wracking. He was very old school and everything had to be done a certain way or it wasn't good enough. Needless to say, he didn't go around passing out compliments.
When he actually told me I had done a good job responding to a robbery at the end of my shift one day I couldn't have been happier.