COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - In South Carolina, all police officers are certified and trained at one central academy. But with the demand for officers on the rise, the academy is changing how it operates to get new officers into squad cars and in the community faster.
Police departments across the state send their new officers to the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy; however some agencies have to wait several months before space is available for their hire to attend the 12-week basic training program.
In June, the academy is launching a program to allow potential candidates to watch four weeks of training videos made by the academy's instructors and supervised by their agency.
Academy Director Jackie Swindler says this is one way to address long wait times and limited capacity at the academy.
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