City of Long Beach Announces Second Police Academy in Two Years

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The City of Long Beach will be conducting another Police Academy in 2014 to bring new officers onto the police force. This marks the second Police Academy in two years, and the third since 2009. Due to prior budget challenges, the City had to forgo police hiring from 2009 to 2013.

"Prudent fiscal management and pension reforms have positioned us to hire police officers again," said Mayor Bob Foster. "These cadets will add to the ranks of a highly skilled, sophisticated department that is among the best in the nation."

The Police Academy will allow the City of Long Beach to replenish officers lost through retirement. The FY 14 Proposed Budget will include funding for this academy through a combination of position savings in the Police Department and one-time resources if necessary.

“A career in law enforcement is one of the most challenging and demanding professions in today's society,” said Police Chief Jim McDonnell, “and we are excited that we have another opportunity to seek out the best and the brightest, who will ultimately serve our community.”

As many as 50 recruits will be hired to attend Academy Class 87, which is scheduled to begin in 2014 and last 27 weeks. They will be challenged both mentally and physically as they learn many facets of law enforcement including criminal law, investigations, drivers training, report writing, and cultural sensitivity.

Once recruits graduate, they will begin a field-training program, which lasts 12 months. It is during this second phase of their training, they will partner with a field-training officer to increase their knowledge base and gain valuable field experience.

The Long Beach Civil Service Department will be accepting applications for Police Recruit beginning July 22, 2013 until September 13, 2013.

Individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of others are encouraged to apply for this rewarding career opportunity. For more information, including age, education and citizenship requirements, visit www.longbeach.gov/civilservice or call 562.570.6202.

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