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Becoming the Badge: ‘Nothing prepares you for a week like this’

Becoming the Badge: ‘Nothing prepares you for a week like this’

El Paso police recruits are sweating it out in their first week of the academy. The recruits are pushing themselves through physical training in temperatures that have reached 112.

The recruits are expected to be in top shape but the PT is proving challenging for all of them, especially with the heat.

“Psychologically we are trying to see that they have the right stuff – that they are made for this mentally, physically, if they’re able to endure these types of stressors,” said lead instructor Sgt. Jeremey Ontiveros.

After week one, three of the 76 recruits decided they weren’t ready and departed the academy.

Now down to 73 recruits, the class must learn to become one.

“It’s one team, one fight,” said recruit Damian George. George has been named company commander and the leader of his class.

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