Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Cadets Toughened Up.(Journal North)

Byline: Jeremy Pawloski Journal Staff Writer

Officer Hopefuls Pushed to Limits

The 48 cadets at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy got a steady stream of verbal abuse from instructor Gabe Beardsley as they stood at attention during room inspections at 6:30 a.m. Monday.

If any of the cadets felt Beardsley was being too hard on them on their first day of training, he also had some friendly advice.

They might want to "go back to flipping burgers," Beardsley told them.

"If you want to be a police officer, then you better start acting like one," Beardsley shouted. "Wal-Mart is hiring. So is Kmart."

At one point during the inspections, Beardsley berated the grunting cadets as they tried to hold their positions -- prone face-down on the ground, their hands holding up their body's weight before they began doing push-ups.

"I don't need 48 of you," Beardsley said. "I'll settle for four."

During room inspections, Beardsley criticized the cadets for even the most seemingly trivial of infractions, for everything from leaving candy in their rooms -- "There is no candy allowed in my house," he said -- to leaving the shower in a bathroom wet.

One cadet was even yelled at for wearing a different color pair of shorts than the rest of his class. …

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