Saturday, May 18, 2013
APD's Newest Recruits Attend Day One of Academy Training
The 29 recruits face six months of training in the academy and an additional 14 weeks of in-the-field training before they are ready to hit Anchorage streets.
Anchorage police say they need more help maintaining law and order on the streets.
The city took a big step toward that goal Monday by holding the first police academy in three years.
Police Chief Mark Mew says it couldn’t come soon enough. Since 2008, the city has lost about 50 officer positions. Some spots opened up when officers retired. Others were spots that were never filled and then eliminated. Mew says if everyone in this current class graduates the city will be about half way to the number of officers it had just three years ago.
The current class of police recruits includes 27 men and two women, winnowed down from more than a thousand who applied. Many of them have had some kind of police experience before, including one would-be officer who was actually the head of the Anchorage FBI office for several years.
Kevin Fryslie says he wanted a new career after he retired from the FBI last year at the mandatory age of 57.
“There’s no age limit,” says Fryslie. “As long as you are physically fit and you are mentally capable of performing the job and you make it through you can be hired.”
July Lam is one of only two women in the class but says, if anything, that will make it more challenging for her in a “good way.”
The recruits are about to undergo six weeks of training at the academy then another three and a half months in the field. The soonest they could be on the streets is sometime next summer.