New cadets enter revamped Albuquerque police academy

Updated: 06/17/2014 5:15 PM | Created: 06/17/2014 7:31 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

About 2,200 hundred people applied but only 43 made it to the Roger Hoisington Training Academy.

On Tuesday, the 43 men and women went through their physical ability assessment – just one of many things they’ll be doing for the next 6 months of training. That training will turn them into Albuquerque police officers.

“This job takes a high level of discipline. They’re going to see things out on the street that not your average citizen will see on a daily basis,” said Sgt. David Jaramillo with APD.

The curriculum for the cadet class is a bit different than in the past. While the core is the same, there’s an emphasis on two things, “More scenario based training, more crisis intervention training,” said Joseph Wolf with APD. Those two were recently highlighted by the Department of Justice’s recommendations for APD.

“We’ve done a full blown curriculum review this spring and what we're rolling out now is the new training package for APD,” said Wolf.

For crisis intervention, cadets will learn how to de-escalate situations. As for scenario based training, “They'll actually be applying those skills with role players out on city streets to get a sense of what that work is like,” added Wolf.

New training for a department that said they’re ready for reform. 

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