Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A journey that began over a year ago has hit another milestone tonight.

Last August, my husband, Ben Bradley started the process to become a Reserve Police Officer for the City of Maize, Kansas.

When I say process, I mean PROCESS! The first step was what I refer to as the “45-page application.” This was followed by background checks as well as a physical and psychological evaluation. Five months later, he was sworn in as a Reserve Officer on his 31st birthday. But it didn’t end there.

The next several months consisted of riding along with an officer on patrol and then qualifying with his handgun. All the while we were waiting for a Reserve Police Academy to begin.

The Academy began this August, and was a special circumstance. Rather than going to a traditional Police Academy, Ben attended the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Reserve Academy, whose training is far more in-depth than what a traditional Reserve Police Officer would normally go through. Three nights a week for seventeen weeks (and a handful of Saturdays). Two hundred and twelve hours in all.

Nearly four months later – and not a class missed – he graduated tonight.

Congratulations, my dear. We’re so very proud of you.

About the Author...
Karie Bradley
Karie Bradley is the Content Director for MomsEveryday. She lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Ben and their two sons Dylan and Logan.

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  • by Candace Bolinger on Dec 1, 2011 at 07:00 AM
    CONGRATULATIONS, Ben!!! The Bolinger's are proud of you too! :D
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  • by Nicole Location: Columbia, MO on Dec 1, 2011 at 06:26 AM
    Susan would mess up his title! Hahaha! Way to go Ben!!
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  • by Jenny Location: Oklahoma City on Dec 1, 2011 at 04:17 AM
    Outstanding! I'm a proud great-aunt! That's one of the coolest things y'all have done... and it wasn't just Ben. The whole family has to make a commitment to a job like that - reserve or not. Give Ben a hug for me!
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