The day for Sacramento Police Department recruits starts at 6 a.m., with a mix of lunges, overhead lifts, chin-ups and more. Lots more.
This is how police officers are made.
“The ultimate goal is to get these guys ready for patrol,” instructor Dan Deleon said. He’s tough, but with good reason. “You want them to step into the field training and be successful.”
Recruits are deep into a 24-week academy. In that time, they’ll learn the basics including handcuffing, searches and driving.
“(We have) been tested a lot physically, mentally, academically,” Alexis Grove said. Grove is one of 40 Sacramento Police recruits, and was a volunteer cadet with the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department in the past.
And then there are recruits like Vincent Catricala.
“I was ready for a career change,” Catricala said. “I was playing professional baseball. I was with the Mariners for four and a half years. In June, I was traded to the Oakland A’s.”
Despite the differences in back stories, the training is the same for all recruits.
“We want them very professional, educated, smart, be able to problem solve,” Chief Sam Somers said. “We want to make sure we get it right for the community.”
Somers says that takes time.
“It’s six months in the hiring process. Six months in the academy and six months on the street,” Somers said.
The recruits’ 14-hour day ends with simulated car chases on a closed course. Tomorrow, they’ll be back at it again.