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Road time prior to Academy

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Posted over 8 years ago


Some agencies allow new officers to do road time prior to going to the Academy.  Does your agency allow this?  Under what circumstances? (firearms quals, etc).

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Rate This | Posted over 7 years ago


I know that Austin Police Department in Austin, TX allows ride alongs for prospective cadets, officers and civilians alike.

I think the only real difference is that new hires may receive priority on the list, but I'm not 100% on that.


I do know that if you are a prospective employee, then some of the supervisors do not want you riding with the same person every time so that you can gain different perspectives.


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