Attending the Indiana University Police Academy was a remarkable experience and I am forever grateful to have been offered this opportunity. Leading up, everyone told me that this would be one of the best summers of my life and I can confirm that statement is accurate. I created a special camaraderie with the forty other recruits from all the IU campuses, and they now and forever will be a second family to me. Over the past fourteen weeks I have watched new friendships flourish and developed unbreakable bonds with so many new people. I remember first stepping foot in the classroom on the first day of academy back in May, thinking to myself that August 10, 2019 could not come soon enough. Now, that it has come and gone, I keep wishing that it would not have come to an end.
The second week of academy was National Police Week and it hit differently this year. Looking around at all the faces of future officers whose names could be added to the memorial one day was rough. It was an honor to participate in the Police Week Memorial Ceremony held by the Indiana University Police Department. Saluting the flag with the other recruits and taking a moment to reflect on what we are about to do had a huge impact on my life.
I have never received as much support from so many people at one time than I did these past three months. Through all the ups and downs I always knew that no matter where I turned there was someone that would be there for me, whether it be a fellow recruit, instructor, or an administrator. There have been many people that have had a positive impact on my life in such a short amount of time. Major Luce and Lieutenant Rhodes made this experience one of the best and ensured that they genuinely cared about each of us day in and day out. They continuously pushed us to give our maximum effort during PT, in the classroom, as well as in everything that we do. They made it a point to meet one on one with all of us to get our input on how we were handling academy made the whole experience much more personable overall. It was very obvious that no matter what happened, academy related or not, they would be there every step of the way doing anything they could to help us.
Taking the time to think about what all has happened this summer I have noticed that it’s the little things about academy that I am going to miss. All the what are the odds games played by the guys. Friday night pool parties, drinks at Brother’s, Beaver’s permanent smile and awkwardness during every scenario. We were constantly on edge waiting for Major or Lt. to pop up out of nowhere. There were issues with the computers all summer but the tech group got everything up and running again. A small group of recruits spent the last week of academy in a frat house where we hosted movie nights thanks to Adamson. All the early mornings and late nights together. All the regional recruits are heading back to their divisions soon. It will be weird to not see each other every morning anymore and hear all the inside jokes that we will cherish forever.
IUPA has helped me learn a great deal about myself as a person and how I will be as an officer. It was nice to be trained in a place where the main focus was our interaction with the community. Without a doubt I know that all forty-one of us will walk out of here today confident with our training we received and use it to be the officers that our communities need. We have worked through many stressful times together: EVO, Firearms, S.T.O.P.S., Defensive Tactics, OC spray, PT, and many others. No matter what the situation was, we were able to work through it as a team and come out victorious.
It was apparent that there were no cliques and we all got along fairly well which was an amazing feeling. You don’t realize the bond that has formed until it’s over. Today was our last time being together as one and it is a moment that will stick with me for ever. I can honestly say that I would not have been able to make it this far without the motivation that we shared as a team, family, and the 46th class. I have no doubt that each one of us will support one another by any means necessary throughout our careers in law enforcement. Not only did we become law enforcement officers today, but we each gained a brand new family that will always have our six. We are the 46th.
By Any Means Necessary.
“I love you each and every one of you. Don’t do anything stupid. Represent yourself, the program and the department in a positive light. & remember you haven’t graduated yet.” Major Luce