INDIANAPOLIS — A class of 78 recruits began their journey with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department on Monday.
Mayor Joe Hogsett and IMPD Chief Randal Taylor led a ceremony to swear-in IMPD's 22nd recruit class. The class consists of 47 white males, 8 Black males, 7 Latino males, 2 Asian males, 6 white females, 3 Black females, 4 Asian females and one Asian female.
The recruits will receive 26 weeks of classroom and scenario-based training. In addition, the recruits will have 20 weeks of training in the field through the field training officer program.
According to the police department, the recruits will follow a curriculum with an emphasis on communication skills, de-escalation skills, recognition of mental health issues and training to deal with those in crisis, cultural awareness, implicit bias training, and realistic scenario-based training to better inform decision-making abilities.