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August 17, 2004 > Interview with Matt Snelson

Interview with Matt Snelson

TCV: Are you starting to feel more confident?

Snelson: I'm still taking a lot of new reports. One of the goals of the field training program is to get you exposed to everything you can so that while you're in training and have a trainer next to you, you can ask those questions and deal with things that are new so that when you get out on your own. I would say that the stress level hasn't changed because I'm still trying to grasp multitasking, and I don't see that going away any time soon. There are just so many things going on. It seems like when you get a little bit confident on something, then you're going to get a call that you've never done before. You try to remain competent, you try to revert to your training, and what you've been taught to do.

These last couple of days I'm feeling much more confident on our report writing system, more comfortable with the keys, learning how to access that and how to search in different databases for information whether you're running somebody's driver's license or registration, something like that. Accessing information and writing reports has gotten a little bit easier. There's still a ton to learn, especially on the accessing of information stuff.

TCV: You're Sacramento training is receding in time. Do you feel a sense of transition?

Snelson: Definitely. We have automated report writing, our report writing is condensed but thorough. I've been pretty happy with the changes I've had to make here because every change seems logical.

TCV: Are you being treated well by fellow officers?

Everybody, bar none, is being very friendly, very encouraging. I felt like a part of the team, almost right off the bat.

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