SAPD recruits get a preview of Sheriff’s Academy


Six new recruits for the Santa Ana Police Department begin a 24-week ordeal starting with what’s known as “Black Monday” on Aug. 7, when they enter the Orange County Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy. Black Monday is a spittle-in-the-face, high-volume, introduction-by-intimidation demonstration of what lies ahead for the future would-be officers. As withering as the day can be, for Santa’s Ana Police recruits the experience won’t be entirely new. They will have a leg up on their academy colleagues, having experienced three weeks of pre-academy training under the tender mercies of Sgt. Daniel Baek. “We go all out for shock and…

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