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Chicago Mayor Says Planned $95M Police Academy Should Be Bigger, Better

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.

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CA Police Academy Grads Taught History of Police-Minority Relations

Much of the course material was presented by Greg Woods, a lecturer in the university’s Justice Studies department, who zig-zagged from the Enlightenment to slavery to the Zoot Suit Riots to the present.

TX Cadet Charged with Aggravated Assault in Classroom Shooting

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.

Cleveland Making It Easier for Lateral Transfers to Join Force

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.

Dozens of Iowa Cadets Hospitalized for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

More than 75 students at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy were hospitalized because of carbon monoxide poisoning, according to NBC News. The cadets—all newly hired law enforcement officers still in training—were evacuated and initially taken to a nearby National Guard building.

Training School Teachers and Administrators to Respond to Active Killers

Very few people who get into teaching have the mental, emotional, or physical fortitude to use deadly force when under imminent threat. However, every teacher should receive some level of active shooter response training—everyone should have at least some idea of what to do in an attack.

Dallas Police Department Losing New Recruits

According to CBS-TV in Dallas, nine of the 167 individuals who have graduated from the Dallas Police Academy within the last year are no longer with the department.

How To Survive the Academy

Police Academy Instructor Patrick Martin shares 10 tips to help prospective officers meet the rigors of police training.

VirTra's Training Simulators Chosen by 3 of Largest U.S. LE Departments

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.

52-Year-Old Cadet Graduates from Washington State Academy

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.