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    I am interested to know what kind of police academy you guys have in your respective countries. In Nj we have para military academy similar to a boot camp. There is academic testing and a huge emphisis on physical training with military style drill instructors. I was just curious how the academies in other countries are run, because in the USA every state runs a different style academy
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    Ours (Queensland) is a more relaxed atmosphere in that there is little emphasis on the 'military style' recruit course and more on the academic and physical fitness/ skills aspect of policing. About 1/2 way throught the course we are rotated through on of the police stations to gain an introduction of policing. We also have some leave and we also do a week of driver training.
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    • #3
      Here in Germany it depends on the state.
      We used to have a "real" academy some years ago here in North- Rhine Westfalia. It wasn't para military. The first year was filled with a kind of "law school". We used to do self defense 2-3 times the week, sports also about 2-4 times the week and about 1-2 times the week on the shooting range.
      In the following 18 month there were several (nine) different "modules".
      One dealing with traffic accidents, one with street crime, one with minor traffic offenses etc. Usually there was a kind of school in the morning, at the afternoon we used to practise what we learned before. Each module lasts one month.
      Within the 18 month we used to have 2 placements on patrol lasting 6 weeks.
      In the last month there was a written and hands on exam.

      Now we only have a bachelor study path with some month of placement in different departments (on patrol, and detective work...)
      Hopefully my english isn't to bad...
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      • #4
        Initial training at HQ is 6 months then 10 weeks on patrol with tutor followed by several 10 weeks attachments in various units to learn the basics.

        The initial training is anything but military. There is unfortunately little discipline, parade (stand to attention and have the sergeant check your uniform and ask you questions) is once a week.

        Self defence training is for 2 weeks at the beginning of the 6 months with a few days refresher at the end. After that it's 3 days a year for everyone.

        Physical training is less than once a week, it is not assessed! The recruitment fitness test is now very easy and as a result level of fitness of some recruits is just embarassing.

        The rest of the training is quite good, but it is a bit slow. There are a few things to learn but overall if you're not stupid, it's not difficult.

        Apparently though, 20% of probationners either give up or kicked out within the first 2 years... The main reason being not being able to deal with confrontation. It might be different in other forces though.

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        • #5
          Austria: 15 months police school, 2 months field training, followed by another 7 months school

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          • #6
            Austria: 15 months police school, 2 months field training, followed by another 7 months school

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            • #7
              It's really interesting to hear how different all the police training is done around the world. Over here every state does their own thing.
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              • #8
                9 months at a force training centre which includes 9 weeks operational training. After that, it's 8 weeks with a Neighbourhood team before going onto a Response shift where you remain until you decide (if) to move onto a Specialist Role like Roads Policing, Armed Response and 100's of others.



                Training differs from force to force in the UK.

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                • #9
                  I really give it to u guys who work unarmed! I can't even imagine doing this job with out my firearm. It's amazing how different somethings are and how similar some are
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by hpd42 View Post
                    I really give it to u guys who work unarmed! I can't even imagine doing this job with out my firearm. It's amazing how different somethings are and how similar some are
                    Well, apparently we can solve any problem with a quiet word over a cup of tea, so we don't need firearms...

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                    • #11
                      In Ireland, training is in 5 phases,

                      phase 1
                      22 weeks in college, law, police procedure, social and psychological studies, physical training incl, swimming (lifesaving) 20 hrs, PE 20hrs, unarmed self defence 20 hrs, and basic first aid 20hrs. done in one month blocks, so you'll have 4 weeks of 1 hour a day. Also language training, including Irish and either German or French. written exams and role plays at week 10 and 18

                      2 weeks leave

                      phase 2
                      training station, 20 weeks
                      civilian in uniform, shadowing tutor Garda. includes placement on specialist units to get a feel for what they do and also a social placement. two assessments with district officer, training sgt and supervisory sgt.

                      2 weeks leave

                      phase 3
                      College based, 12 weeks
                      more law, mainly based on revision of phase 1 topics, baton and handcuff training are in this phase. Attested to the force at the end of this phase. written exams and role plays around week 8 to 10

                      Phase 4
                      operational policing in a station. including monthly class days on law. also police related dissertation completed in this phase. two assessments with district officer, training sgt and supervisory sgt.

                      phase 5
                      college based, 4 weeks in college culminating in graduation parade.

                      this includes a 2 year probation starting from attestation at the end of phase 3.

                      emphasis is more on law and procedure than physical fitness.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sierra Lima View Post
                        Apparently though, 20% of probationers either give up or kicked out within the first 2 years... The main reason being not being able to deal with confrontation. It might be different in other forces though.
                        Why do people wash out in the UK? Well, I guess it breaks down something like this. 20% become pregnant and decide not to return after their maternity leave. 20% have never really thought about the 24/7 nature of policing (ie. you won't see you're friends, when they're about). 20% are painfully incompetent. 20% turn out to be criminals who have somehow escaped the screening process (who steal and lie) and 20% have never thought that policing involves standing in front of bad people and saying: "No, don't do that".
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                        • #13
                          Saying 'No' to naughty people!? Heaven forbid any officers do that! That's probably why i keep getting in trouble...

                          It's always frustrating to see someone waste all that training when they aren't cut out for the job. I was in an intake of 15 and two have since left...one for incompetence, the second for...well...incompetence.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Cockney Corner. View Post
                            Why do people wash out in the UK? Well, I guess it breaks down something like this. 20% become pregnant and decide not to return after their maternity leave. 20% have never really thought about the 24/7 nature of policing (ie. you won't see you're friends, when they're about). 20% are painfully incompetent. 20% turn out to be criminals who have somehow escaped the screening process (who steal and lie) and 20% have never thought that policing involves standing in front of bad people and saying: "No, don't do that".
                            Unfortunately, up North they don't get sacked.

                            We call them "Sir" or "Ma'am".

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by thomas26 View Post
                              Now we only have a bachelor study path with some month of placement in different departments (on patrol, and detective work...)
                              Hopefully my english isn't to bad...
                              But I don't understand for what's the bachelor in aid of?

                              I think it's the same as the "Diplomverwaltungswirt/ Bachelor of public administration"
                              It's a nice title but valueless.

                              You must do the same job as all the other "chipmunk's"...but your chance do reach a leading postion is a little bit better not more not less.
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