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The Plymouth Police Academy may be temporarily suspended, but we remain motivated and dedicated each and every day in the 68th R.O.C. Weekends and weekdays have became a blur as some of us are working and others are in self quarantine, but we do not let these uncertain times derail us from our goal of graduating on time and moving forward to serve our communities.

For close to two weeks, we have been given our assignments online in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19. It is by far not an ideal situation, but the reality of the current global crisis has forced everyone to adapt and overcome. Student Officers of the 68th R.O.C. have been in frequent contact every day with each other as well as staff instructors, ensuring we are receiving the training and education we need as future law enforcement officers.

Physical training is not something we neglect as student officers of the Plymouth Police Academy. Traditionally, we finish our days at the academy with a PT session including strength training and a long-distance run, preparing ourselves for a physically demanding career. While being suspended, we have developed a rigorous PT schedule where each and every student officer submitted a workout to be assigned based on the staff’s decision for that day.

As many people are aware, this weekend marks the anniversary of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier’s End of Watch, who was killed in the line of duty following the Boston Marathon Bombing. The 68th R.O.C. was determined to do something in his honor and created a tribute workout that we completed as a class. A small group of student officers gathered in Mansfield, including members of the 68th R.O.C. from Plymouth and the 2nd R.O.C. from Cape Cod, while the rest of the class conducted the workout at their own homes. The MIT Police Department was able to do a virtual toast in honor of Sean Collier, with Guinness being his drink of choice, and we followed their lead with our own toast following the tribute workout.

Although the Covid-19 situation has changed our scheduled training, it has been truly amazing to be part of such a committed class. Student officers drove over an hour to complete our tribute workout together, and by reaching out to another academy we were able to get representation from another class in just a day’s notice who also wanted to pay respect to fallen Officer Sean Collier.

Blog + Photo submitted by: President Student Officer Brendan Quinn-Massachusetts Environmental Police Department

Academy Director Eileen M.L.Goodick

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