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Maine Increases Training Requirements for Reserves

June 22, 2011  | 

Men and women hoping to protect and serve in Maine as reserve officers or deputies will be required to complete several new requirements before they can qualify.

Now, reserve officers must complete a program of 100 hours of classroom training on the law and how to enforce it before they have the authority to make arrests and carry service weapons. They also must get hands-on instruction in day-to-day law enforcement, such as wielding a collapsible baton, using pepper spray and handcuffing a suspect.

Such training will be the norm for all new reserves in Maine, starting next month. Also, reserve officers will have to complete a 40-hour online course, meet a physical fitness requirement, then take 80 hours of practical instruction, before serving under a field training officer for another 80 hours.

Full-time officers must complete an 18-week course at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

Source: Portland Press Herald

Tags: Reserve Officers, Training Academies


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Charlie-Columbus @ 6/27/2011 6:07 PM

Columbus Ohio Reserve Officers must complete the same 600+ hour Police Academy training as is given to Regular Recruits. Reserve Officers must do the
same annual training courses, and the same Firearm qualifications as Regular Officers.

Columbus Division of Police is a CALEA accredited department.

DesignPD @ 8/29/2011 5:07 AM

We are seeing a lot of agencies requiring reserves to go through a full field training program. Not a bad idea, reserve or not the public thinks we all have the same training.

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