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Once Upon A Time…

Once upon a time…

There was once an idealistic, motivated young lad, happily attending college.  He was working full-time graveyard shift and having taken some core courses at another college previously, he was concentrating on courses in his major:  Police Science.

Many of the instructors were cops, or ex-cops and this only added to the realism of the subject matter being presented.  Guys that were ‘in it’ right then.  ‘On the street’.  Better than any TV cop show.

He opted for a course in Traffic Accident Investigation.  Having run across (no pun intended) this sort of activity in his PI work, he thought this could only add to his knowledge and skill in this area.  The instructor was an expert, being a veteran police officer and investigator in this subject for (excise governmental police agency name here).  He was both knowledgeable and enthusiastic in his presentation of the course material.

However, about two-thirds of the way into the semester, some difficulty arose.  The agency who employed the instructor transferred him to a city 90 miles away!  He was trying to continue teaching the course, but the commute was a bitch.  Both the instructor and the students suffered.

Ultimately, it became apparent that he would be unable to continue teaching the course, and that while perhaps 90% of the subject matter had been presented, it was obvious to both the instructor and the students that they weren’t getting the quality demanded by both.

The instructor knew he wasn’t going to be able to attend the last course session, the final examination.  It didn’t seem fair that all the students should have to retake the course.

So, the instructor posed a solution:  We were all to meet ‘for a field trip’ to a local pizza parlor chain across the street for the final class session, one week in advance of the final exam.  Attendance was mandatory.  Those who attended would pass; those who did not would fail.

We They all passed.  We They were admonished not to drink and drive (beer was present); toasted the instructor, and after pizza went our their merry way.

The idealistic, motivated young lad was fortunate enough to graduate with high distinction.  I’m certain he would have aced the exam, had it been presented.

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


2 thoughts on “Once Upon A Time…

  1. Sadly, they apparently no longer teach accident investigation at cop school in Durham NC.

    Posted by lpcard | August 29, 2012, 6:48 am

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