Broome County Police Academy
3/21/2013 (Updated 6:39:53 PM)It's the most stressful time these recruits in the Broome County Police Academy will face. Already five of the 33 original recruits have dropped out. Physical training consists of push ups, sit ups, and running.
"So we're literally pushing their bodies to physical exhaustion.
They are mentally drained, physically tired, and we just keep pushing them further and further along to see how dedicated they are to be here," said Sergeant Ben Harting.
The recruits must pass an agility test based on their sex and age, which includes timed sit ups, a mile and a half run, and push ups.
So the more we push them the more they want to either leave or the more they want to be here," said Sergeant Harting.
During Hell Week recruits are put through para-military training, marching, drill, and high amounts of stress.
"The reason for all the yelling the screaming and the constant physical activity is we are inducing as much stress as possible on them to see how they're going to react. Most people put under that much stress just stop working. They sit down, they don't want to do the exercise anymore or they become upset," said Sergeant Harting.
If a recruit can make it through the 29 week program they will be certified to be in law enforcement in municipalities through out the state.
"People who make it through the academy especially through the first few weeks they're the people who have a lot of heart behind them.
They really want to be here, they want to succeed, they want to be a police officer," said Sergeant Harting.
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