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Vacancies Prompt Virginia State Police to Offer Abbreviated Academy

September 05, 2017  | 

Virginia State Police are for the first time offering some recruits a chance to become troopers

Image: Virginia State Police/Facebook
Image: Virginia State Police/Facebook
without completing a full six-month State Police Academy, reports the Associated Press.

The agency announced Friday that local law enforcement officers in Virginia can become state troopers by attending a two-month accelerated entry program.

State Police Superintendent Steven Flaherty said the agency is facing vacancy rates approaching 50% in many field divisions. He hopes an abbreviated training program will appeal to officers who've already had on-the-job training.

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kevcopaz @ 9/6/2017 2:12 PM

Good move. frankly states should get with the "POST" norms now and once you are POST certified in a state you should be able to transfer/join another department with only a few weeks of localized paperwork/policy/ etc training. The cost to send officers who are already trained to another academy is ridiculous and a waste of money and the officers time. Many officers will not transfer to another department for that very reason, double training, waste of time and energy. Lets face the facts if ANY department trains a person to the standards of the state then every [eace officer in that state (or another POST certified state) should not have to attend some overly lengthy second academy. This was due to the lack of standardized training by departments (has changed for the most part) and the fact that agencies don't want to give officers the opportunity to leave the department who paid to train them. This way they would recoup their investment.This also allows them to pay ofcs. less.

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