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60th Maine State Police Training Troop
On Monday October 5, 2009, seven Maine State Police Recruits reported to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro, Maine for the beginning of nine weeks of intensive training. The nine week training program will provide us with the skills necessary to ensure we will enjoy a long, rewarding and safe career as a law enforcement officer in the State of Maine.
We began our training with a class about the history of the Maine State Police. We discussed the evolution of the state police from its inception. We understand it is important to know where you have been to know where you are going. We also learned about four the Core Values of the state police; Integrity, Fairness, Compassion and Excellence. These are not goals but are a lifestyle within the Maine State Police. Every Trooper is expected to represent each core value to its fullest.
We continued our rigorous learning about the "Warrior Mindset" and other means of preparing ourselves mentally for the challenges ahead. We were introduced to the physical fitness program for the 60th RTT to help prepare our bodies for lifetime fitness. In the weeks ahead we will perform numerous Crossfit workouts designed at total fitness; intensity, muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardio-vascular endurance and power. We completed an entrance physical fitness test to determine areas of fitness we need to improve in. The Troop set a very high goal for their exit physical fitness test and we look forward to the hard work that will be necessary to obtain it.
We were introduced to one of the numerous specialties within the Maine State Police. We learned how Troopers can assist K-9 teams in various situations such as lost person searches, suspect tracking, drug searches and more. That evening we had the pleasure to participate in a K-9 track. We learned it is extremely physically demanding to be able to stay with these highly advance teams on their tracks. This experience was extremely rewarding and built moral within the Troop.
We learned about Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs from an elite instructor within the Maine State Police ranks. The 60th RTT looks forward to putting this knowledge to work upon the successful completion of our training. We were introduced to the advance defense tactics training that we will receive numerous times throughout the next 8 weeks. We will be mastering basic skills and improving on advanced techniques in order to give us the best chance of being safe on the road.
We visited the pool for the first time learning about water safety and rescue from instructors from the Maine Warden Service. We also were taught proper swimming technique. Swimming is an excellent and low impact workout that can be utilized as part of our long term fitness goals. The recruits were introduced to the Maine State Police reporting systems. We understand that in order to be a successful Trooper, we must learn to master the reporting system to ensure our reports are done in a timely and accurate manner.
The Troop is learning a lot about the importance time management, effective communication and proper uniform appearance. These are all important aspects of becoming a Maine State Trooper. This week was challenging, both mentally and physically, but the 60th Recruit Training Troop would not have it any other way. We understand that upon successful completion of this training we will be as prepared as humanly possible for the challenges we will face on the road. Our quote of the week brings this point to life; "Good Training Comes With A Little Pain And Some Discomfort".
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