FTOs, begin your time with a rookie with a challenge. Ask her what kind of cop she wants to be, what she wants her family, community and fellow officers to say about her at her retirement. Have the rookie write this out. Put it on a card that the two of you review at the end of every shift. Find a symbol for what's on the card that you can present to the rookie to help them through. At the end of their field training, tell them you're going to be at their retirement with that card.
Pull Those Ripcords
Trying new things can be scary--a bit like volunteering for a dangerous mission. Speaking of dangerous missions, have you ever heard of the Nepalese Ghurkas? They're mountain men from Nepal. During World War I, Gurkhas fought on the fronts of Europe and Asia, becoming known as "the bravest of the brave." The London RADIO TIMES has reported,
Among many legends about the Nepalese Gurkhas of the British Army is the story of a paratroop regiment in World War II. The regiment leader asked for volunteers for a dangerous drop behind enemy lines. About half the Gurkhas promptly stepped forward. As the leader went on to provide details of the mission, a surprised voice piped up from the back: "You mean we can use parachutes?" Every remaining Gurkha stepped forward.
Opening your heart and mind to new training ideas takes courage, but think of the Gurkhas. Take stock of your personality and your training objectives in deciding how to grab your audience's attention--but don't be afraid to jump outside your comfort zone now and then.
C'mon, let me see you pull those ripcords!