The facility is the first of its kind in the Southeast, and will aid in continuing de-escalation training efforts for officers that will enhance communication skills and increase opportunities for better outcomes through real-life scenarios, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
August 18, 2021
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blueprint lays out necessary changes that must be made before the academy starts, such as finalizing replacements for outdated and problematic training videos and bringing in a variety of community members to help teach courses.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
“How much easier can you make it?” said Dee Ann Koanui, a former Honolulu training sergeant. “You might as well hand out the badges.”
December 30, 2020
A standout football player for the Bishop McDevitt High School in Pennsylvania—who was thought to be a sure-fire NFL prospect—decided that he had a higher calling and entered the police academy instead of continuing his path toward football.
October 30, 2020
All class members have been told to quarantine for 14 days as a preventative measure. They will also be tested for COVID-19 during that period.
April 22, 2020
Colonel Mark W. McDonough said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon that the 106th trooper class was dismissed earlier on Wednesday morning. He said the class consisted of 30 troopers who graduated in August 2019.
January 30, 2020
After touring Chicago's current police academy and seeing recruits apprehending mock suspects in a dark hallway, Mayor Lori Lightfoot came away more convinced than ever that replacing the academy is essential to improve police training.
June 26, 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
Now, if an applicant already has their OPOTA certification, they will go through an abbreviated academy with Cleveland PD. This abbreviated academy will only be about 12 to 14 weeks, as opposed to 7 months.
May 13, 2019
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
Andrews says he feared his co-cadets would treat him differently, but other than a couple of odd looks in the early days of the academy, he said everyone accepted him.
June 7, 2018
The new Criminal Justice Training Center consists of a two-story 38,932 square foot building that contains a new multi-purpose room, classrooms, force simulation room, faculty offices, lecture space, a lifetime fitness lab, a ready room, mat room, locker rooms, armory, administration and reception areas, and a conference room.
April 12, 2018
The president of the local police union in Baltimore on Monday thanked a police academy legal instructor for voicing concerns about the preparedness of new recruits who received guns and badges over the weekend, saying the "training deficiencies that he exposed are real and should, by no means, be allowed to continue."
February 6, 2018
Six of the cadets were injured during a training exercise in which recruits fight off a training officer who attacks them.
January 8, 2018
Virginia State Police are for the first time offering some recruits a chance to become troopers without completing a full six-month State Police Academy.
September 5, 2017