On Tuesday, city leaders heard from City Manager Spencer Cronk, who created a blueprint for restarting cadet classes. The blueprint lays out necessary changes that must be made before the academy starts, such as finalizing replacements for outdated and problematic training videos and bringing in a variety of community members to help teach courses.
March 24, 2021
The move to cancel APD cadet classes through June 2021 capped off Austin’s budget process. But it also capped off several months of waiting for cadets, some of whom moved from other places like California, Florida and Washington, D.C. Many of them left jobs to join the force.
August 17, 2020
Officers and agencies have to be willing to rethink firearms training to gain the benefits of adding optics to duty handguns.
January 23, 2020
While agencies across the United States struggle to attract qualified recruit candidates, the Dallas Police Department welcomed 82 new recruits on Wednesday—the largest recruiting class in the department's storied history.
September 20, 2019
The International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI) 40th Annual Training Conference has been scheduled for April 26 through May 1, 2020 in Houston, TX. IALEFI is currently looking for instructors to submit courses for consideration.
July 31, 2019
The Dallas Police Department has the potential to make a small dent in its staffing shortfall with the graduation of as many as 65 police academy cadets, if everyone in the current class makes the cut.
July 11, 2019
Clayton Whatley, 21, claimed his gun went off accidentally while he was reaching for a pencil out of his book bag during a class. The bullet fragments hit three of his fellow cadets, wounding two of them in their legs.
May 16, 2019
A cadet in a Texas City police academy classroom was arrested after a gun he brought to class in his backpack discharged, injuring three other cadets, police say.
April 29, 2019
Killeen Police Chief Charles Kimble believes that the change in shift structure will attract more potential recruits as the agency struggles to find qualified—and interested—candidates.
February 26, 2019
In an effort to increase the number of potential new recruits eligible to join the agency, the Dallas Police Department wants to eliminate the requirement that recruits complete 45 hours of college credit.
December 11, 2018
Deputy Sheriff Mark Cox of the Real County (TX) Sheriff's Office suffered a fatal heart attack while conducting canine training on Tuesday.
September 28, 2018
The Dallas Police Department, the San Francisco Police Department, and the Southern Desert Regional Police Academy (SDRPA) in Las Vegas have selected VirTra's V-300 use of force, de-escalation, and active shooter training simulator.
June 27, 2018
A Texas-based training program, called Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC), teaches law enforcement officers how to spot indicators of child-sex trafficking and conduct roadside investigations.
May 14, 2018
Agencies are being forced to embrace new ways of reaching potential hires to fill their ranks.
April 3, 2018
The integrity of the test had been questioned after a police major who helped shape the exam also coached clients through a test-prep business.
February 7, 2018