But there’s a lot more to being a trooper than meets the eye, he said.
“This job has tons of aspects: the law, whether it be Vehicle and Traffic Law, Penal Law, there are so many different laws that you have to know on the job, as well as the procedures, but they do a good job training you.”
’A BIG PUZZLE’
“I think it takes a while for a person to become their own trooper,” said Trooper Marc Felio, one of Eppler’s two field training officers.
“When I was training, I looked at all the troopers who were working here, and I tried to take what they did the best and integrate it into my routine,” he said.
“You take all the senior guys that have been working here for awhile and say, ‘I like how he handled that situation. I think that’s what I’m going to do the next time.’”
”It’s kind of like a big puzzle, and you take a piece from everybody.”
’A LOT OF FUN’
Bailey said good public speaking skills are helpful to troopers and echoed Bullis’s view that they need good moral fiber and integrity.
“You’re cut free, you’re on the road by yourself in a patrol car, and you have a gun, and you have to make a lot of decisions on your own, so you want somebody that’s going to make good decisions and not take advantage of the situation,” he said.
Before his completion of the field training program, Bailey said, he was a bit anxious being out on the road by himself when the time came.
“We’re nervous because you obviously can’t run into every situation (during training) that you will run into while you’re alone.”
But his training in the both the academy and in the field will undoubtedly serve him well, he said.