New Recruit Class Begins Training at Long Beach Police Academy

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For the first time in four years, the Long Beach Police Academy is training recruits to become police officers.

“I applaud the recruits’ commitment to public safety and to public service, and I am looking forward to them joining the ranks of the Long Beach Police Department,” Mayor Bob Foster said.

One of the major initiatives of the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget was to identify resources to fund a Police Academy. With the approval of the FY 13 Budget, the Mayor and City Council authorized Academy Class 86, the first since Fiscal Year 2009. The $2.9 million cost was funded using a combination of one-time resources and position savings within the Police Department.

“The start of Academy Class 86 is a very exciting time for our department,” said Police Chief Jim McDonnell. “I am looking forward to watching this group of recruits as they progress through our rigorous training program to become well-qualified police officers in our community. They will be a welcome addition to the team of dedicated men and women who are already working to keep Long Beach safe.”

The Police Academy will allow the City of Long Beach to replenish officers lost through retirement.

A total of 50 Long Beach Police Recruits have been hired to attend the academy. In addition, two recruits from the City of Modesto Police Department will be participating in this class. Throughout the 27-week course, recruits will be challenged both mentally and physically. They will be instructed in many facets of law enforcement including criminal law, investigations, drivers training, report writing, and cultural sensitivity.

Once recruits graduate in December, they will begin a field-training program, which lasts 12 months. It is during this second phase of their training, they will partner with a seasoned patrol officer to increase their knowledge base and gain valuable field experience.

The last Long Beach Police Academy to graduate recruits occurred on April 8, 2009.

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