Part Three: Police Cadets Balance Academy, Family at Halfway Mark

Part Three: Police Cadets Balance Academy, Family at Halfway Mark

"You just have to make sacrifices and that's what this academy has really been about," Inman said. "You have to make certain sacrifices to get to the end goal, which is becoming a Frederick police officer."

FREDERICK, Md. - WHAG has been following the cadets at the Frederick City Police Academy since their journeys began in April. Now we see how the student officers are balancing family life and the demands of the academy, along with other challenges at the halfway mark.

Derek Inman is a busy father to two young children. He has a long commute from his Montgomery County home to the police academy in Frederick. Luckily, he has some help.

"My wife is a very helpful wife," Inman said. "She's picked up the slack with the kids and everything to allow me to get my studying in."

It's studying he manages to get in with his energetic kids and two playful dogs nearby.

"You just have to make sacrifices and that's what this academy has really been about," Inman said. "You have to make certain sacrifices to get to the end goal, which is becoming a Frederick police officer."

Eric Morton also spends hours at night, before and after dinner, hitting the books.

"We usually have quizzes on Monday, so I try to get up early and prepare before I leave the house," Morton said. "I have the eight hours here, and when I get home I usually workout and spend time with the kids. They go to bed around 9 o'clock, then I study for about an hour before I go to sleep."

The student officers say it's important to find an outlet during this halfway point. For many of them, running helps them find a way to clear their mind.

At the midway point, the cadets are putting what they've studied to the test with a crowd of Fort Detrick soldiers’ role playing an out-of-control crowd.

"I was talking to a couple of the fellows and they said, 'This is a chance to get to say things to the police that you can't normally say,'" said Sgt. 1st Class Calvin Blythe, with Fort Detrick.

They are half way through, but the cadets know it's still a long road ahead before they will be officers.

"I'm nervous. I'm excited. I'm looking forward to it because I know it's only going to get faster from here out. It's only going to become more intense," said Sara Evans, a student officer.

Things are becoming more intense at the academy and busy at home, as student officers like Derek Inman try to find the balance between being a family man and learning the skills to become a police officer.

Tune in at 5 p.m. Thursday For part four of the series. We'll show you what the cadets are feeling as the academy is winding down and what they say the biggest surprises of the academy are. 

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