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Week 20: High Risk Take-downs

“Bye bye, blues!”

Cadets and a police vehicle at the firearms range

2005-11-06

What a turbulent week. Monday was another flop day with drug scenarios going on during the evening. It's a wonder that a concept as simple as poison (because that's essentially what drugs represent) can be so complex, in addition to requiring a whole other set of forms. I can safely say that one of the cop stereotypes still holds true for everyone: piles and piles of paperwork, but no longer surrounded with donut towers (well for most of us).

Tuesday was even more packed: it was the day of the culminating event for PDT with ground-fighting rings. And lucky me I had to fight twice due to the fact that we're odd in numbers. I can't complain however, as my first match didn't even last 10 seconds, and my second opponent was not in my weight class. The afternoon brought about our final patrol drive with PDU and as a result there is no more driving. It was a sad and happy day when we gave back our Charlie car. But I guess the most disheartening part of the day came early on during Drill when the unexpected happened. That's right, we got busted (and not for drugs as the previous days' scenarios would suggest!). We got busted down to our sneakers and fatigues: bye bye Blues and hello Bozo parade. It was bound to happen: nearly every troop gets demoted at some point toward the end. Unfortunately we've had less than four weeks to enjoy the stripes! Well back to basics, and back to doubling! I guess they figured we needed to go on a crash diet before we leave.

The benchmarks continued throughout the rest of the week with pistol qualifications in Firearms, and the Coopers test in Fitness, all definite indicators that things are progressing. Another indication of advancement and completion of training is the fact that we've most recently been assigned our Regimental Numbers. We're also all in the process of meeting with Relocation - moving, selling/buying property, transporting vehicles, etc. The list is endless, and quite overwhelming considering we still have so much to cover in these last four weeks.

Despite all these final evaluations and such, we still seem to be learning a lot of new material. For example in PDT, we just barely finished ground-fighting and already it's on to the next item of business: high-risk take-downs. It's just a whirlwind of activity around here. I suppose it's all in the name of preparation for the field. While on that particular subject we actually had a Fitness session on shift work and its effects on your life, including sleeping and eating habits. Although useful for some, the irony with our situation is that most of the troop has already been privy to the experiences of long and odd hours, whereas the facilitator for this particular session has not. So he was the one learning about the havoc shift rotation reeks on your life from the troop. For the most part, those of us who already have our upcoming schedules, the rotation is fairly good. I'm on 10-hour shifts, five on, four off; a number of others are on 12 hours, four on, four off; and a few will work eight-hour shifts, seven on, three off (and voluntary on-call hours are also a possibility).

With all the commotion going on around here it's great to get away for a bit. A few of us decided to go visit the location where Corner Gas is filmed (the outside scenes). I didn't realize it was so close to Regina. For those who are actually familiar with the show you'll know what I'm talking about when I mention that Dog River is actually Rouleau, SK: population approx. 200! It's a nice change of pace to go on uneventful field trips.