Lauren Participates in Police Training
Women interested in being part of the Laredo police department had to complete a rigorous agility course. So I decided to see if I had what it takes to make it.
"Applicants had to complete a mile and a half run, they also had an obstacle course they had to go through..sit ups and push ups."
We started the agility test by stretching to prepare for the mile and a half run. Everyone's nerves were high because whoever didn't complete the run in the 16 minutes allotted would no longer be a candidate for the police academy. For Mayra Acosta, This was her third time and she was more determined than ever to complete the course.
"This is what I want to do. it's my life. I' ve been going to school for this. I've been training."
The other women and I were ready to begin the course. So we lined up and took off on what could be a make or break moment in some of their lives. A new career field was on the line. Even though I wasn't trying out for the police department I felt almost as much pressure as the other women. Relieved that was over, it was now time to take on the obstacle course.
"You really have to train hard. People say it comes easy but no you really have to be in condition to be able to do the physical test.”
The obstacle course consisted of a short sprint, then jumping over a six foot wall and pulling a 150 pound dummy across 20 feet to safety. After I had a chance to watch the other women who made it look flawless, it was my turn. It was definitely not easy, but with all of the other women cheering me on I did it.
"I'm very much enjoying the camaraderie between the ladies and I. We're cheering each other on."
The applicants and I all felt a sense of relief and pride after knowing we completed the hardest part of the agility test. It was the home stretch and time for sit ups and push ups. After that part of the test was over, the women rejoiced in knowing they were one step closer to becoming a Laredo police officer. And I was thankful for them allowing me a chance to see what it takes to become one of Laredo's finest. Chief of police Carlos Maldonado was proud of the determination the women had all day.
"To me that perseverance, never giving up resonates. And to me that's an important quality too that an officer should have...never give up."
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