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NCJ Number: 120011 Find in a Library
Title: Report of the Governor's Panel to Review Police Training Programs
Corporate Author: Massachusetts Governor's Executive Office
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 222
Sponsoring Agency: Massachusetts Governor's Executive Office
Boston, MA 02108
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document reviews the standards for police cadet training in Massachusetts and sets forth recommendations for improvements.
Abstract: In the wake of a medical report indicating that a class at the Agawam Police Academy had experienced widespread kidney problems, a group of people from the fields of law enforcement, medicine, and physical fitness reviewed standards for police cadet training. Some of the issues reviewed were: pre-selection medical testing and evaluation, fitness standards for admission to the academies, academy orientation and indoctrination, physical fitness curriculum, "modified stress environment" of the police academies, and requirements for academy staff qualifications. Recommendations included tightening medical and physical screening requirements as part of the police cadet selection process, improving physical fitness and reducing health risks during physical training, and creating a more appropriate environment for the training program, including the elimination of the use of physical exercise as punishment. Appendix.
Main Term(s): Police physical fitness training; Police training programs
Index Term(s): Massachusetts; Police academy; Police cadet training
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