Dear Officer Friendly,
How often did you have to train? Like with your guns and other weapons and keeping up on fight moves. Do police departments send their cops to special schools to learn special skills? And are the SWAT guys the ass holes the movies portray them to be? Were you ever part of SWAT?
Most departments have a regular training schedule for their officers. We trained on a quarterly basis. Every officer had to qualify with their weapon on an annual basis as well as with any firearm they planned to carry off-duty. Quarterly training included firearms, impact weapons, hand-to-hand self defense and driver training. We were also in classroom situations to learn about new laws, communication skills and other pertinent information that impacted our jobs, including CPR and first aid.
Police departments do send their officers to special schools to learn specific skills. I attended such schools for narcotics training, interview and interrogation techniques, tactical communications and field officer training. Schools exist for every facet of law enforcement.
I was never a member of SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics) or what we called SRU, Special Response Unit. Any of the assholes we may have had on SRU, were not assholes because of their SRU assignment.
If you are going to maintain an edge on the competition, you must be at the top of your game and train continuously. Practice does make perfect.
As struggling writers or even published writers, what do or can you do to maintain your edge?