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After two and one-half years of development that included a job task analysis, the development of core instructional objectives, the involvement of subject matter experts statewide, and thousands of hours dedicated to the project, the MPTC is piloting a completely overhauled recruit (new officer) training curriculum.  The overhauled curriculum includes a more participative delivery method and increased opportunities for the student officers to put what they learn into practice through practical exercises and scenarios.  It also includes a heavy emphasis on problem solving, ethical decision making, and the concepts of procedural justice and legitimacy.  The belief is this training will better prepare new officers for success on the job and in their communities.  Another pilot program will be conducted later in 2018, with the goal of making the new curriculum mandatory statewide beginning in 2019.  Because the delivery and format are so different from traditional recruit training, the pilot programs are needed to help determine if the delivery methods are effective in increasing retention and in improving performance and to confirm how much time is actually needed for delivering the training.

The content of this blog is written by Executive Director Dan Zivkovich. Photograph provided by Jon Blum, Force Concepts

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