The Academy (TV series)
The Academy title card
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original channel||Fox Reality Channel|
|Original release||May 2007 – July 26, 2008|
The Academy is a reality television series that provides a behind-the-scenes look at police recruits of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Academy as they go through an 18-week training course to become deputies of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The program premiered in May 2007 on Fox Reality Channel with class 355. As of fall 2007, the series is also aired on MyNetworkTV. There were 111 recruits to start out and 24 were separated. Separations occur when recruits fail make-up exams, simply decide to resign due to injury or by personal choice, or when the instructors feel the recruit shouldn't continue with training.
The lead drill instructor was Deputy Miley a.k.a. "The Ramrod". Class 355 was mostly made of recruits for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, but there were recruits for other agencies as well such as the Los Angeles Port Police, Torrance Police Department, Inglewood Police Department, Redondo Beach Police Department, and the Pomona Police Department. The finale for the first season was on Thursday, August 2, 2007.
Fox Reality started taping the second season of the show in early November 2007 at the STARS Center, the Los Angeles County Sheriff academy. The second season premiere aired on May 24, 2008, and the second season finale aired on July 26, 2008. The third season of The Academy, which premiered on October 24, 2009 provides a behind-the-scenes look at recruits of the Orange County Fire Authority, California.
- 1 Episodes
- 1.1 Season 1 (Class 355)
- 1.2 Season 2 (Class 368)
- 2 Drill instructors
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Season 1 (Class 355)
An inside look at the training academy of the largest sheriff's department in the nation. For class 355 all hell is about to break loose on day one of the intense 18-week training process.
- Martinez: Unfit for job (resigned)
Tighten Your Bootstraps
It's half way through the first week of the academy and Class 355 is about to learn that Los Angeles is one of the most dangerous counties in the country as they get their first introduction to defensive tactics.
It's week two and Recruit Class 355 is already showing signs of weakness. Deputy Miley decides the class doesn't have what it takes, so he makes himself the class sergeant and the recruits pay dearly for their inability to work together.
- Osorio: Improperly Entering the Doorway to the Staff Office (Separated)
- Gonzales: Physically unfit (resigned)
Hell is Coming to Breakfast
It's week three as one recruit defies direct orders and goes to Mexico over a weekend, which resulted in a physical altercation with a local gang. Meanwhile the rest of the recruits are given the privilege of wearing their uniforms for the first time, but that honor is short lived.
- Benavides: Defied orders by going to Mexico, leading to an injury (Separated, returns to graduate with Class #368)
- Turner: Physically unfit (resigned, returns to graduate with Class #368)
- Cervantes: Academics – Failed remedial test on Use of Force (Separated)
Heart Stopping Action
Drama at the academy is at an all-time high as two recruits have a heated dispute at the shooting range, while another recruit has a life-threatening issue during defensive tactics and is rushed to the hospital.
Where the Rubber Meets the Road
The recruits are sent to vehicles training where they learn to do quick driving maneuvers, skids and high speed pursuit chases. Some recruits start to get sloppy in their actions and The Ramrod lets them know that they are going to have to pay for it.
- Kramer: Hospitalization for chest pain from defensive tactics/medical condition, was untruthful on his application and stated the scar on his chest (actually from a quintuple bypass surgery) was from a motorcycle accident (separated)
- Mustelier: Academics – Failed remedial test on Laws of Arrest (separated, returns to graduate with Class #360)
Love is in the air at the academy as two recruits are discovered to have had an ongoing romance while another takes a weekend off from studying to get married. The Ramrod, Deputy Miley pays an emotional visit to a former recruit who is severely battling cancer.
- Meyer: Leg injury (resigned)
Back to Business
The Ramrod decides to throw a pop quiz on Class 355, but the surprise is on him when they can't answer one question correctly. The drill instructors take away all senior privileges and the class must go back to as if they were starting from day 1.
- Contreras: Academics – Failed test on First Aid (separated)
- Mercado: Academics – Failed remedial test on First Aid (separated)
Class 355 starts to pull together as a group as graduation day approaches. However not everything is going to plan as an instructional boxing match goes awry when one of the recruits is rushed to the hospital with a life-threatening injury.
- Agcaoli: Serious injuries, starting with a defensive tactics session, which led to a bleeding in the brain. Later had surgery after suffering a seizure.
Class 355 participates in a traditional run through cities in Los Angeles County to signify a right of passage and honor a fallen peace officer. For some recruits the pressure is getting to be too much as they struggle to qualify at the shooting range.
- Green: Excessive Reports of Counseling (negative write-ups), negative feedback from fellow recruits; separated by Sgt. Wilkins (separated)
- Marin: Failed remedial test on Critical Role Scenarios (separated)
Class 355 has been waiting 18 weeks for this day, but one recruit learns he will not be graduating. This day is a poignant yet emotional time for the recruits as they start to see the significance of the badge they will wear.
- Beacham: Failed final exam (separated, returns to graduate with Class #360)
Season 2 (Class 368)
Class 368 is made of 115 recruits, including two who were separated from Class 355.
Another Black Monday
Deputy Miley and the other drill instructors are back to train Class 368. The LASD Staff has many new surprises planned for the first day of training, known as "Black Monday."
- Frausto: Resigned from the show due to personal decisions (resigned)
Recruit Paez struggles as the first class sergeant, and Deputy Miley gives her an ultimatum. Recruit Villareal finds himself in hot water when the drill instructors learn he went out to a club rather than studying.
- Moreno: Unprepared (resigned)
- V. Banda: Physically unfit (resigned)
- R. Banda: Family issues, Sister resigned (resigned)
- Sheldon: Too much stress (resigned)
- Paez: Inability to give commands as class sergeant (resigned)
Recruit Villareal is on the hot seat as the new class sergeant. Then he leaves his locker unlocked with his newly issued gun inside.
Class 368's first trip to the shooting range is a disaster when Recruit Valladares can't figure out how to shoot his weapon. Recruit Marquez, a recent cancer survivor, becomes violently ill and is sent to the hospital.
- Valladares: Inability to handle a firearm, causing a safety hazard (separated)
On The Line
The staff confidently appoints Recruit Leos to the role of class sergeant, but the class doesn’t follow her lead.
- Beidler: Academics-Failed remedial test (separated)
- Graduated from San Bernardino Sheriff's Academy on 6-14-12, Class #185
- Nunez: Academics – Failed remedial test (separated),
- Graduated from Rio Hondo Police Academy on 2-18-10, Class #193.
Recruit Santos is in a bind when she is appointed to the role as class sergeant, but can't lead the class. The recruits have a big argument while the drill instructors figure out how to get them to work better as a team.
A Fatal Mistake
A few careless recruits are in hot water after their weapons are stolen from their vehicle. Recruit Santos fights for her job as she struggles with all aspects of the training.
- Santos: Not fit for the job, excessive negative peer reviews from recruits (separated by Sgt. Wilkins).
- Basurto : Academics – Failed remedial test on Weapons violations (Separated)
When The Smoke Clears
Class 368 has its final shooting test and endures a house filled with tear gas. Emotions are high at the “The Colors Run” ceremony, which is dedicated to the family of a fallen officer.
- Wray: No call, No show more than once.
- Crum: Academics – Failed remedial test on First Aid and CPR (Separated)
Recruit Villareal continues to disappoint the drill instructors and Class 368. Recruit Turner and others face separation as they retake the final test...just days before graduation.
Pomp and Circumstance
Class 368 graduates from The Academy, and for the first time, the new deputies take to the streets the next day (Class 368 ends with 97 graduates out of 115).
- Sgt. Mark Wilkins – Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
- Dep. Dwight Miley – Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Industry Station – "The Ramrod".
- Deputy Dwight Miley holds the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Medal of Valor, the highest honor of the Department, which was awarded June 21, 2000, "in consequence of your heroic actions on April 12, 1998, when you unselfishly placed yourself in immediate danger to save the lives of fellow deputies." Miley won this in association with six other deputies after Sgt. Dean Scoville was shot responding to a domestic dispute.
- Dep. Rene Garcia – Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Norwalk Station
- Dep. Ray Jones – Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Carson Station
- Dep. Sidra Sherrod – Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Lennox Station
- Dep. Pete Enciso – Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, East Los Angeles Station
- Ofcr. Jeremiah Hart – Torrance Police Department – Season 1
- Ofcr. Ryan Peterson – Torrance Police Department – Season 2
Season 3 (Orange County Fire Class 36)
Class 36 consists of recruits from various backgrounds, including EMTs, firefighters from other cities, a construction manager, dispatchers, a corporate vice president, and a former professional football player. The class started out with 28 recruits (the top one percent of all applicants). Through the entire 18-week program, four were released:
- Lefebvre (week 9): Failed remedial Mid-Term test, but still active with Orange County Fire Authority as a dispatcher
- Adelman (week 11): Failed remedial test
- Westphal (week 14): Repeated failure to follow directions and numerous safety concerns
- Kermott (week 17): Failed remedial Final test
- Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Service Awards and in Memoriam, 2000, http://www.lasd.org/sites/YIR/2000/visuals/182189.pdf
- Los Angeles Times, "Deputy Shot by Man in Industry", April 13, 1998, page B-3; http://articles.latimes.com/1998/apr/13/local/me-38868
- Fox Reality Channel's "The Academy: Orange County Fire" Goes Behind-the-Scenes For the First Time to Capture a Recruit Class as It Endures 18-Weeks of Fire Academy Training
- "The Academy" – Fox Reality
- The Academy at the Internet Movie Database
- The Academy at TV.com