My oldest son graduated from Uconn two years ago. His dream since he was a sophomore in college (and maybe before that), was to be a police officer. He had been taking the test for four years (throughout college), but there were a lot of highly qualified and older applicants over these last few years and he wasn't getting in. They post the test for this area of CT a few times a year, but some departments do their own testing also, so he probably took five or six written tests and physical tests per year.
This was his year!
He got a very high score on the written part for one of the city departments that do their own testing. From then on, the position was his to lose. He persevered and started the academy last week. It is like going to boot camp and college all wrapped up into one, with weekends off. He leaves at 6:00 am on Monday morning and comes home at 6:00 pm on Friday night. Every day is eight hours of classroom work, studying, physical tests, etc. and at night, he does homework, goes to the gym and shines his boots! He has to wear police academy uniforms which are beige. He has to wear a suit to the academy every Monday morning though and then change when he gets there. He says the food is pretty good and he has three other dorm-mates that are okay also.
He will be in the academy for almost six months and then start his training for the city department for three months. The city he is in is very close to our home and I couldn't be happier for him.