It’s perfectly normal to be curious – apprehensive even – about what to expect as a recruit in the Henrico County Basic Police Academy. The academy, while tough, is designed to prepare you mentally and physically for the various situations you will encounter throughout your career as a Police Officer.
Day in the Life: Police Officer
As a Henrico Police Officer, no one day is like another. Everyday brings something new – a new set of challenges, people and opportunities – and you must be trained, prepared and equipped to respond.
Here is an illustrative list of duties performed/skills required of a Police Officer. This is not an exhaustive list. It’s purpose is to give you a glimpse into any given day as an officer as well as the physical and mental nature of the job.
The ability to run for several hundred yards; climbing over obstacles; crawling; pushing motor vehicles; moving or carrying accident, fire or crime victims; using physical force to apprehend and subdue arrestees; withstanding prolonged exposure, twelve (12) hours or more, to extreme weather conditions; withstanding prolonged periods of standing and sitting; withstanding frequent exposure to stress-producing situations such as encountering persons injured or killed by accidents, crimes or suicide; dealing with domestic disputes; ability to be courteous yet firm with the public and to be alert; ability to use discretion and good judgment; ability to understand and carry out complex oral and written instructions; communicate effectively with individuals suffering from trauma; operate a motor vehicle for long periods of time; use a firearm and all other assigned equipment effectively; fill out written reports in a clear, concise, accurate and timely manner; ability to work during daytime and nighttime hours; possess good powers of observation and memory; excellent moral character; and physical condition that permits the activities necessary in and inherent to the police officer profession.