INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's latest recruit class consists of 45 men and 20 woman.
The 65 future officers were sworn in Monday and will spend nearly one year learning the ropes of police work. According to a press release from IMPD, 28 weeks will be spent in classroom and scenario-based training and 20 weeks will be out in the field.
This is the longest police academy ever for IMPD recruits. There will be an emphasis on increased communication skills, de-escalation skills, recognition of mental health issues, crisis training, cultural awareness, implicit bias training, and realistic scenario-based training to gauge decision-making abilities.
According to IMPD, the recruit class is made up of 33 White males, four Black males, six Latino males and two males who identify as other.
Among the woman, 15 are White, one is Black, two are Latina and two identify as other.