HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Bruce Jansen started his career as a Huntsville police officer in 2005.
He went through 18 weeks of training at the police academy, like most officers he had a lot to learn.
When Jansen was in the academy, he unknowingly broke a rule. He contacted an active duty police officer, which is against the academy rules.
He learned the hard way when you’re a Huntsville police officer, you don’t break the rules.
Jansen’s punishment was carrying an 85-pound punching bag around camp for a week.
“It sat on my lap, it could not touch the ground that was the rule. I had to do push-ups with it,” said Jansen.
Jansen said the training was physically and mentally exhausting and at one point he considered giving up. He said police work is a job that takes courage, strength, and determination. Being a police officer is a dangerous job where you have to anticipate the unexpected and he says giving up is never an option.
“You don’t always get a second chance at life because if someone wants to hurt you, they don’t care if you’re new, they don’t care if you’ve been here for 30 years,” stated Jansen.
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