To prepare for a career in law enforcement an applicant needs to recognize the mental, physical and physiological stress that is involved in a day to day basis. Applicants should prepare to be faced with situations that test their emotional state and react according to their knowledge skills and training.
It is important for you to train physically to prepare yourself for the Academy. Physical training is conducted on a regular basis
during the Academy. Physical training usually consists of anaerobic exercises, with alternating days of aerobic exercise. Baton and weaponless defense training also places strenuous physical demands on each recruit.
The Academy is physically demanding, and in order to get the maximum benefit of the Academy, recruits must be in good physical condition. The Academy's physical training program will be beneficial but cannot overcome years of physical inactivity. Prospective recruits who are not in good physical condition should begin a personal fitness program immediately.
Prior to the start of your workout, make sure you perform a suitable warm-up and remember hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. All exercises should be performed in a controlled manner using good technique. The running and exercises should be performed 3-5 times per week making sure to use rest days in between so your body can recover. When you begin running, if you can't run continuously, begin by running, and when you feel fatigued, walk until you can begin running again. Each time you run/walk work on decreasing your walking time until you are continuously running.
Below is a pre-academy fitness program that can prepare you for physical demands of an academy.
|Run: 1-2 miles at 11-12/minute mile pace.
Pushups: 10-20 reps/2 sets
Sit-ups: 20-30 reps/2 sets
Pull-ups: 1-3 reps/2 sets
Squats: 20-30 reps/2 sets
Walking Lunges: 15-20 reps/2 sets
Plank: hold for 20-30 seconds/2 sets
|Run: 2-3 miles at 9-11/minute mile pace.
Pushups: 15-25 reps/2 sets
Sit-ups: 30-40 reps/2 sets
Pull-ups: 3-5 reps/2 sets
Squats: 30-40 reps/2 sets
Walking Lunges: 20-25 reps/2 sets
Plank: hold for 30-40 seconds/2 sets
Jump Squats: 5-10 reps/2 sets
|Run: 3-3.5 miles at 9-10/minute mile pace.
Pushups: 20-30 reps/3 sets
Sit-ups: 35-45 reps/3 sets
Pull-ups: 5-10 reps/3sets
Squats: 35-45 reps/3 sets
Walking Lunges: 25-30 reps/3 sets
Plank: hold for 40-50 seconds/3 sets
Jump squats: 10-15 reps/2 sets
|Run: 3.5-4 miles at 8-10/minute mile pace.
Pushups: 35-45 reps/3 sets
Sit-ups: 40-50 reps/3 sets
Pull-ups: 8-12 reps/3 sets
Squats: 40-50 reps/3 sets
Walking Lunges: 30-40 reps/3 sets
Plank: hold for 50-60 seconds/3 sets
Jump squats: 10-20 reps/3 sets
Although a career in law enforcement is exciting, will get the heart pumping and the adrenaline flowing, Deputy Sheriffs’ and Sheriff’s Correctional Deputies’ job responsibilities are not as normally portrayed in the movies or in the media. When pursuing a career in law enforcement, do not be afraid to talk to current Deputy Sheriffs or Sheriff’s Correctional Deputies about their experiences and what their day-to-day duties and responsibilities are. Get involved with the ride-a-long program with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office to get a firsthand look at what Deputy Sheriffs do during the course of their shift.
A jail tour can be scheduled for those seeking a career as a Sheriff’s Correctional Deputy Cadet. Due to the high level of security within our facilities, the scheduling is based upon the eight step application process. Once step 4 (Background Investigation) is completed, you will be scheduled a jail tour. This tour will give those applicants a firsthand look into what it is like to work as a correctional deputy.
Applicants will get a better perspective and gain knowledge about what it is like to respond to a variety of calls for service and the mental preparation that is needed to put one’s life on the line every day. For some applicants, this will motivate them to prepare for and achieve a goal that a small percentage of people are able to achieve. For others, they may find that this career path is not for them. No matter which avenue the applicants choose, Deputy Sheriff or Sheriff’s Correctional Deputy, it will be educational and an eye-opening experience to serve the public in the community which we live.