Twenty recruits graduate from Police Academy
After weeks of rigorous training, 20 police recruits graduated from the Minneapolis Police Academy July 30. With graduation behind them, the newly sworn-in officers now enter the Field Training Officers program, where they are paired with seasoned officers who mentor and guide them through the early months of their law enforcement careers.
During the 17-week academy, which began April 18, they received instruction in defensive tactics, emergency driving, report writing, firearms training and more.
This is one of the most experienced classes the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) has graduated. Two of the graduating officers are former MPD Community Service officers. Sixty-five percent of the class have had previous law enforcement experience. That experience ranges from one officer’s 18 months of service at another agency to another individual who held the rank of sergeant at his previous employer and had 11 years of law enforcement service.
The class was comprised of 19 men and one woman. Twenty percent of the class are people of color, and 45 percent are veterans.
With the addition of these new officers, the Minneapolis Police Department has 837 sworn police officers.
Published Aug. 7, 2013