You may have noticed that some Madison Police squads have two officers in them instead of one right now. That’s because 24 officers (hired to replace those lost to attrition) are in the midst of their field training. Six officers are in an accelerated academy and will go solo at the end of this month. They came from other departments in Wisconsin so were already trained and certified. They received some additional classroom training from MPD and then they hit the streets for field training.

Pre-service academy recruits will continue field training until MPD’s annual shift change in early February. Those 18 new officers received more than 200 hours of training beyond what the state requires, and they will continue to spend time answering calls for service with an experienced officer through December and January before they are ready for solo patrol.

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