NYPD to put armed recruits on duty before police academy graduation

NYPD to put armed recruits on duty before police academy graduation

[Ed. – It’s come to this…]

Armed NYPD recruits will hit the streets months before graduating from the Police Academy, under a new training strategy that the brass say will better prepare them for the dangerous job.

“This is the new model for the academy class in order to give them some field orientation,” NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis told The Post. “It’s field-based training. Certainly, some things are better taught in the classroom, but certain things are better taught in real-life settings.”

The 1,200 recruits — who began training in July and will graduate in December — will be split into groups of 400, with each spending a week at a precinct house, a week in a patrol car and a third week walking a beat over a nine-week period starting in October.

They will be under the direct supervision of the department’s 734 field-training officers and will return to the classroom to analyze their experiences with instructors.


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