How much training is enough

By handcannon6910, Nov 23, 2015 | |
  1. handcannon6910
    How much training is
    enough???





    I have 2 degrees involving computers and have always enjoyed using ,
    fixing , building , etc. Last year a friend that knew I was getting
    bored with the whole IT game and told me about a possible career
    change. I interviewed with a pretty big college as armed security. I
    was told being observant was important. The pay was decent and I
    thought , whats the worst that could happen??? Within a month I had
    all my required training and had already had a decent side arm and
    felt comfortable with it. I had to get my armed license and prove my
    skill at the range. No problems there. Then I had to be trained with
    a stun gun and pepper spray. Little did I know at the time I had to
    be sprayed and stunned in order to be certified. The spray wasn't as
    bad as I figured , burned like hell ... couldn't eat or breathe good
    for a few hours. Getting stunned on the other hand really sucked , I
    had 2 trainers 1 on each side ready to help me once I got hit. I
    totally lost control and hit the ground. But at least I did better
    than the next guy that pissed his pants in front of the class.






    After getting trained and uniforms I was ready to go. I enjoyed the
    job and as mentioned earlier the pay was decent. I was assigned a
    car and was trained on the route and for the 1st month or
    so the worst thing that happened was writing an occasional ticket. Or
    busting up a fight between drunken football players. The director
    thought it would be a good idea to pair us up with local PD officers
    for more training. Most of the officers were great and seemed to
    truly respect us, some thought we were nothing more than rent a cops
    with a plastic badge. (Mine was metal btw).






    One part of the training that seemed exciting was clearing buildings.
    Thought quietly to myself , how hard could this be. Dispatch called
    and said a alarm was sounding at a old abandoned hospital. I mean a
    OLD creepy hospital in the daylight. It was now 1am and was near
    Halloween. 2 police officers and 2 armed guards arrived at the same
    time. By then I was a little nervous no lies to tell. My partner
    jumps out and racks his slide and tells me to do the same. Boy was my
    hands sweaty. In fact I hard a hard time getting a grip. Since this
    wasn't a safe area or building and us the guards was simply training
    the officers went in 1st. Call it instinct or watching to
    many cop dramas but I was never told how to hold my firearm and light
    at the same time. So I went in like dirty hairy would. Gun in 1 hand
    light in the other.






    It was very dark and the only light was from my flash light. Since
    the officer went in 1st , I couldn't see how he was
    holding his light or gun. I kept my firearm pointed down since he was
    in front of me. My partner and I took the 1st and second
    floors , the others took the 3rd and 4th. No
    radio contact or talking just hand signals. Just found my other
    weakness. I understood some gestures and some I had no idea. By now I
    was very nervous. I couldn't focus or listen like normal. Just kept
    thinking this mans life could be in my hands.






    We cleared the building without incident and everyone involved came
    out unscathed. Well minus a few cobwebs and extra adrenaline. I had
    to do a report with local PD and really have a new found respect for
    police officers in general. Every time they put on the uniform ,
    badge , vest etc. They become walking targets. In this day and age
    where almost anyone can walk in and buy a firearm , drugs are rampant
    , you never know what will and can happen. Especially with the added
    pressure from terrorist attacks and active shootings happening all
    over the country. We all need to be prepared for anything!!!





    Please forgive me for any mistakes. This is my 1st attempt
    at writing an article.

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