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The Alexandria Police Department’s Training Division operates the Alexandria Regional Police Academy that provides basic peace officer’s training for its APD recruits and recruits form 9 local parish Sheriff’s Offices and approximately 45 municipal departments. This program provides 17 weeks of basic recruit training to all cadets and prepares them to pass the Louisiana Police Officers Standardized Training Exam. Some examples of the training provided are firearms, control tactics, physical training, classroom training, and scenario-based training.
The Academy provides progressive and comprehensive training to develop policing skills, enhance leadership abilities, and promote a solid ethical foundation to all police cadets. In addition, throughout the entire Basic Program, the Academy’s core values of professionalism, obligation, leadership, integrity, courage, and excellence are stressed and reinforced.
The cadets receive over 600 hours of basic recruit training, which exceeds the Louisiana State mandate by over 150 hours of training. Of the Louisiana State mandated material, cadets receive extra training in gangs, drugs, law, ethics, report writing, vehicle stops, control tactics, firearms, physical fitness, and law enforcement driving.
Also, cadets receive extra training that is not required by the State of Louisiana with classes such as terrorism awareness, diversity, technology awareness, and building entry tactics.
When cadets graduate from the Alexandria Regional Police Academy, they enter the world of policing with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively perform their duties as police officers