Sometimes daily life is hard to juggle, but I’m sure most of you know that.
Police academy classes are ongoing and will be for the next two months, twice a week. It’s very interesting. The last two classes were on use of force and all the weapons that are used in crime enforcement. We watched demonstrations and listened to protocol lectures. Along with this we had a three-hour class on dispatch. This was the only civilian that’s spoken to us so far. They have a battery of tests they must pass also but it isn’t quite the same as for a police officer. You aren’t expected to leap over six-foot walls and things of that nature. This dispatch supervisor had moved here from Los Angeles twelve years ago. He was very passionate about his job. I actually think he would have talked to us all night, if we let him. He let us listen to calls that came into the center and took us up to the control room where he explained all the equipment. This place had more monitors than NASA.
I always thought being a dispatcher would be an interesting job. I still think that way, but it would take a lot more fortitude than I have to have to hand out food samples. You don’t even get a lunch break on this job, but eat between calls when you have a chance. This center works 24/7 all the time. There are no holidays off. This would be very intense. What about bathroom breaks? I think I can cross this off my bucket list.
I would also like to tell people PLEASE don’t call 911 unless you have a real emergency. Some of the typical calls they played for us were totally ridiculous and not at all emergencies. You’d be surprised what people call 911 for.
I’m enjoying this police academy class immensely. I turned in my paperwork for a ride-along last Thursday so we’ll see how that goes once they do more background checking to make sure we’re qualified to sit next to an officer, I guess. We had to sign the form where it stated in big black letters at the bottom that we would control ourselves in any situation and stay in the car while the officers made their stops. Of course it asked what shift we wanted to ride on etc. I told them to give me the most action packed thing they had and that I wasn’t easily rattled by things. More on this later. I’m hoping I can bring a camera along but something tells me this is probably a no-no.
In other news, we’re working all the time, which seems strange for our status as part time people. We’re so shorthanded and very busy at work. That alone will wear you out by the end of the shift because it’s nonstop all day long.
To add a little more to my plate, I backed into hubby’s truck last week and dented both our bumpers and broke my tail light. This happened right in the driveway! How stupid of me. I was ready to kick my own ass for being in a hurry and not thinking. I guess all the extra money I’m making right now from working so hard will come in handy, although I didn’t have in mind to use it for car repairs.
And so life goes on here in the desert without a minute to spare. I still have a new printer sitting here I’ve never hooked up over the last two weeks because there’s no extra time. I sure hope it works since it’s a replacement for a defective one.
And we’ve had days and days of rain. The Parade of Homes is an annual event held in February every year and it rains every time. You can set your calendar by it.
Until next time…