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NCJ Number: 249784 Find in a Library
Title: State and Local Law Enforcement Training Academies, 2013
Series: BJS Bulletins
Author(s): Brian A. Reaves
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: July 2016
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|PDF (Full Report)|PDF (Summary)|Text
Agency Summary: 
Type: Program/Project Description; Statistics; Survey
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents data on the number, participants, and curricula of State and local law enforcement training academies for the period 2011 to 2013.
Abstract: From 2011 to 2013, a total of 664 State and local law enforcement academies provided basic training to entry-level officer recruits in the United States. During this period, nearly 135,000 recruits (45,000 per year) entered a basic training program, and 86 percent successfully completed the program. This completion rate was the same as for the 57,000 recruits who entered training programs in 2005. Approximately one in seven recruits entering basic training programs were female; and nearly one in three recruits were of a minority racial or ethnic group. From 2011 to 2013, academies at 2-year colleges graduated the most recruits (10,000 per year), followed by municipal police academies (7,000). Excluding field training, basic training programs lasted an average of about 840 hours, or 21 weeks. Major training areas included operations (an average of 213 hours per recruit); firearms, self-defense, and use of force (168 hours); self-improvement (89 hours); and legal education (86 hours). Nearly all academies required basic training in community policing, with an average of just over 40 hours of instruction per recruit. Nearly all basic training programs addressed social issues, such as domestic violence (an average of 13 hours per recruit) and mental illness (10 hours). 38 tables and 13 figures
Main Term(s): Police academy
Index Term(s): Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS); Community policing; Minority police; Police curriculum development; Police department surveys; Police training; Police training programs; Police women
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