Welcome to the Lawrence PD!

Written December 14, 2010

I don't know when I will officially be able to come out and tell the world this awesome news... but I know by the time I'm able to that the newness will have worn off and the excitement will have died down! So I figured that I would write this up now and post it when I can so you all can savor in how happy we are!  Are you ready for the news yet????

Drum roll please......

After being in the process for almost a year and a half, Dan got a call last night from the Chief of Lawrence's Police Department letting him know that he will be hired on with them at the beginning of the new year!  We are so incredibly excited!  It seems like we have been waiting for this day to come for ages and now it has all paid off! Right now he still needs to go through a few more things like the MMPI, a small fitness test, etc. to be offered a conditional offer, but if that all goes smoothly there should be no problems!!!  It sounds like things should move along fairly quickly.  We really could not ask for a better Christmas present than this!!!

Even though I am sooooo ecstatic over this news... it does make me a little worried as well.  Even though Dan has been a police officer for the past 3 years... this will be a new area for him with a lot more people and a lot more trouble for him to get into.  I know this only excites him more about this job opportunity, but I can't help but pray that he stays safe out there. However, this is what he loves to do and I have to trust that God will keep him safe for me :)

Written December 21, 2010

We still have not received any updates about Lawrence.  Dan is getting a bit nervous because of this I believe.  However, we've heard that this isn't unusual with the holidays upon us.  I guess we will just keep patiently waiting, like the patient people we are... HAHA!  I mean, we have only been waiting for this job for a year and a half....

Written January 10, 2011

Dan finally heard from Lawrence today.  He is scheduled for a full testing day on January 19th.  While there he will do his MMPI evaluation (to make sure he isn't crazy or a serial killer) and then they will do a full blown medical exam on him. They'll do blood work, check eyes, hearing, etc.  They told him they are in the process of writing a conditional offer up.  YAY!  Things are finally progressing!

Written January 18, 2011

Dan had to stop by the Lawrence Police Department today so he could pick up some paperwork he needs to fill out before his testing day tomorrow.  While there he found some good information out!  If all goes well he has an expected start date of Feb. 1st or Feb. 16th!  This is very exciting news for us!  He will get a take home car almost right away, which was a bit of a surprise because we thought it would be at least 6 months.  And he will have 12 weeks of FOT (Field Officer Training) before he is on his own.  I personally think that the biggest challenge for him will be getting to know the area, since we are not from around there.  He said that I will love Lawrence.  The city is right around the Ft. Harrison area... which I'm kind of obsessed with right now :)  I really would love to live in that area :)  More info to come as the days pass by....

Written January 19, 2011

Things went well for Dan today.  It was a long day for him... he was in there at 8:30 a.m. and didn't leave until 3:30 p.m.  Lots of tests and medical exams it sounds like.  He should get his written test results back in 3 days and the medical ones in 10 days.  They will automatically be sent to Lawrence.  We will just have to see what happens.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed!!!

Written January 24, 2011

Dan got a call today from Lawrence.  They are making him go through a Physical Fitness test.  We didn't think he was going to have to do one, but since it has been almost 2 years since his last one they thought he probably should.  The good news is that he probably passed all the Psych. portions if they are continuing on with the process!

Written February 8, 2011

Dan's fitness test has been set up for this Friday at 2:00 p.m... I think we are now looking at a start date of March 1st if all goes well.  This has seriously been the longest process of our lives!  Let's get this thing started for heaven's sake!

Written February 11, 2011

The fitness test is today.  We were in hopes that they would find a place for Dan to do it inside, but no such luck.  He has to tough it out outside.  BLAH!  The test will include a 1.5 mile run, 300 meter sprint, 25 pushups, 29 situps in 60 seconds, and an 18 inch vertical jump.  Doesn't sound too difficult, but you would be surprised just how many people don't pass it.  Plus, doing those runs in the brutal cold will have a negative impact on his time I'm sure.  I'll be saying a little prayer for him today at 2:00!

Written February 15, 2011

Dan passed his physical with flying colors.  I guess they ended up letting him do the test inside the Lawrence Fire Station.  All I can say is its better than outside in the cold and on the ice.  With that out of the way there is nothing left but to wait until we hear something.  Sounds familiar doesn't it.  The Merit Board had a meeting on Monday night so we are hoping the phone will ring soon. Not only for our benefit, but for the benefit of this post... it is getting pretty lengthy!!!!

Written February 15, 2011 at 3:21 p.m.

It's official.... HE GOT THE JOB!!!!!  Start date March 1st!  Congratulations Officer Rhoton!!!!  Lawrence here we come :)


Leslie said...

Yay! Congrats, Dan! And that means you'll get to move closer to us! :)

Bruce said...

Dear D,

Congratulations, Son!!! We are sooooo proud of you. Lawrence is getting the best!! We love and miss you. Looking forward to the weekend.