As they embark on a career in public service, members of the Boise Police Patrol Academy and the Boise Fire Recruit Academy met on Wednesday with veterans and volunteered at the Boise Veterans Home. It was an opportunity for future first responders to connect with another generation of public servants and give back at the same time.
The Boise Police Patrol Academy is a 21-week class followed by 14 weeks of field training with another officer before hitting the streets as a probationary patrol officer. There are12 recruits in the academy who are training to be full time police officers with BPD. Some of the recruits are military veterans, some have previous law enforcement experience and others are just beginning their careers in law enforcement.
The Boise Fire Department Recruit Academy began on July 24 with 13 recruits attending the 20-week academy. Upon graduation they will continue training at various fire stations for the remainder of their first year. The recruits come from unique and varied backgrounds, several come from the military, including a former army medic, some have experience fighting wildland fires and one recruit is a former deputy sheriff.
This volunteer opportunity was a continuation of their training and the goal was to spend some time giving back to those who have also lived a life of public service.