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Recruits Learn To Be Idaho State Police Officers
Meridian, Idaho (KMVT-TV)
Corporal Joe Lake is busy grooming recruits. The fifteen recruits are part of the 39th class at the Idaho State Police Academy.
"The Idaho State Police looks at a variety of talent, skills and abilities for our future troopers. We are looking to make sure that they are thinkers, so we test them with variety of aptitude tests. We perform regular written tests and examinations on material we cover," said Corporal Joe Lake.
Weapons training is a large part of the police academy. Recruits learn how to properly and safely use their weapons.
"Today we are working on a lot of bulls eye shooting. Making sure we get their mechanics down, so we just do a lot of drills to try and reinforce how important those things are," said firearms instruction Chris Glenn.
Becoming an Idaho State Police Officer is more than just target practice. Recruits go through twelve weeks of rigorous training learning how to best serve the public.
"Functional fitness ties directly into our ability to control combative subjects or control resistive subjects. We like to link those two together in addition to our other training,” said Joe Lake.
But one of the key aspects of the academy is testing recruits in realistic situations just like the water rescue training.
"Recruits are going to come out here and swim down and retrieve the manikin out of the car and get it to safety. This might look like it might be fun, or yeah anyone can do this, but it's putting it into reality," said Trooper Wally Youngren.
While the academy isn't easy, these recruits are anxious to hit the streets.
"I think the most rewarding thing is hopefully to change people's perspectives on officers. Have them knowing that they can trust us and that we are here for the community," said recruit Connie Bederka.
15 recruits selected out of the thirteen hundred applicants to protect the Gem State.