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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

BANG! BANG! BANG!

I took the opportunity today to make things go bang and complete my once a year qualification at the police academy shooting range. Since this is the month all retired sworn personnel have to qualify in order to maintain their permit to carry a concealed weapon, there were a number of acquaintances on either side of me along the firing line. I like to fool myself into thinking I can't possibly look as old as they do. Still, trigger fingers were firm, hands were steady, and the bullets all hit the appropriate body mass on the target outlines not exactly as tight a grouping as back in the day, but it would still get the job done...


The Davis Academy, where  I shot today, only came into existence a few year before I retired. There is also the Manchester Training Center near LAX, which is an even newer facility. The Elysian Park Academy, built on the grounds of the 1932 Olympic Village across from Dodger Stadium, was where I did my time. It is currently undergoing a long overdue facelift, but they will never get rid of the sweat and blood stains left behind by the recruits who went through hell to completed their training there. 


While at the Davis facility today, I saw a class of recruits (Academy Class 4/15) sweating it out on the grinder in their PT gear and 90 degree heat. The sight triggered memories both good and bad of undergoing the same refining process (Academy Class 3/77). They were all young, slim, and wide-eyed. They are going to have to become confident and competent very fast to deal with the harsh decsions awaiting them on the streets of Los Angeles 2015...Frankly, I don't envy them in the least...