NewsWest 9 Special Report: Inside the Permian Basin Regional Academy

by Haley Burks
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Eighteen weeks of drill after drill, a score of laws to memorize and physical tests.

It's just a brief overview of what new recruits can expect at the Permian Basin Regional Law Enforcement Academy.

Four walls are far from the streets and the flashing lights as you can get, but this is where it all starts and ends for some recruits.

"It is very unusual to end the academy with the same number we started with," Jim Reynolds Police Academy Director, Jim Reynolds, said.

With stacks of paperwork, mountains of code to memorize because police recruits first task is all mental.

"We have academics that we insist upon these folks will study at least three hours a night," he said. 

10 recruits make up this class of the Permian Basin Regional Academy and will be pushed to the limit the next 18 weeks.

"We have four officers from Big Spring, three from Midland, two from Lamesa, and one fire inspector," Reynolds said.

One recruit has trouble suppressing a smile on the first day of the academy.

"I am very excited, its like a dream come true, finally get the profession I want," New Recruit, Reico Patrick, said. 
'"Recruits come back and thank us all the time for putting us through the rigors so when they get out there they get to go home at night," Reynolds said.

Be sure to tune in to NewsWest 9 @ 10 on Wednesday night for Part II of this special report.