Thirty-nine recruits will begin their first steps in a career in law enforcement as they enter Greensboro’s 97th Police Basic Introductory Course on November 1.
To be accepted into the police academy, applicants underwent a rigorous pre-hire process that included fitness and aptitude testing, a thorough background check, drug test, polygraph, and medical/psychological screening.
Minorities (non-white males) constitute 49 percent of the academy and include eight females. Twenty-two of the recruits were born in North Carolina, while others come from New York, New Jersey, California, Georgia, Indiana, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia, Kansas, and Michigan. Three recruits were born outside of the US, from Grenada, Mexico, and Thailand. Ten military veterans are in the class and 17 hold bachelor’s degrees.
Upon completion of the 29-week PBIC and the state examination administered by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, the recruits take the oath of office and become sworn officers. Graduation is scheduled for the end of May.
The new officers are then paired with senior Patrol Training Officers who will mentor and supervise them for approximately 14 weeks while working to expand their classroom training with advanced problem-oriented policing skills.
The next academy, the 98th PBIC, is tentatively scheduled to begin in August 2014. The department will begin accepting applications for this class in December. Those interested in joining the department can find more information by calling 1-800-GPD-JOBS or going to www.joinGSOpd.org.