Archive for Wednesday, November 20, 1991

NEW POLICE RECRUITS PASS FIELD TRAINING

November 20, 1991

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Lawrence police recruits who graduated in August are one step closer to becoming full-fledged officers.

Most of the recruits completed their field training last weekend, according to Lt. Mike Reeves.

Since Aug. 23, when members of the 12th basic academy of the Lawrence Police Department graduated, the 11 recruits have been working one-on-one with officers or supervisors who have been easing the men and women into real life policing, Reeves said.

Two recruits and possibly a third may have their training time extended.

Reeves would not say why the officers must undergo additional training, but said some recruits may not have been exposed to stressful working situations.

"People react differently under stress, and we want our police to react calmly and effectively under stress," he said.

Reeves also said some recruits may not have assimilated into the program as quickly as others.

"(Some recruits) just need a little more polish and a little more guidance," he said.

All recruits remain on probation until May 6, 1992, which marks one year since they started classes in the academy. After the year of probation, they become officers, with the department's approval. The probationary period can be extended up to three months.

The police department conducted two academies this year due, in part, to a half-cent increase in sales tax, which boosted the department's budget and personnel.

Out of the 34 new officers in the police department, three are women. Their ages range from 21 to 33, and the average age is 24.

Police Chief Ron Olin said he's pleased with the field training and is confident the department hired efficient and effective officers.

That success is measured by few discipline problems and no "mass firings," Olin said.

"These are the people who are going to have a profound effect on the next decade," the chief said.

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