Have you ever wondered what kind of training officers take when they go to Saskatchewan Police College? Well, the recently released Saskatchewan Police Commission Annual Report for 2014-2015 breaks it down. Here is an excerpt about Recruit Training.
Recruit Training is a 20 week program for candidates hired independently from Saskatchewan municipal and First Nations police agencies. The program is designed to help course candidates develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for successful performance of general policing duties. The Recruit Training Program is followed by four to six months of field training at the recruit’s home agency with a field training officer. Most police services also provide one to two weeks of selective training pertinent to their agencies when the recruits graduate from the College.
Recruit Training Class #68 was held from January 13, 2014 to May 30, 2014, with an enrollment of 18 police officers: five from Saskatoon Police Service, eight from Regina Police Service, three from Prince Albert Police Service, one from Weyburn Police Service and one from Moose Jaw Police Service. Recruit Training Class #69 was held from August 5, 2014 to December 19, 2014, with an enrollment of 22 police officers: ten from Saskatoon Police Service, eight from Regina Police Service, one from Estevan Police Service, one from Prince Albert Police Service, one from File Hills First Nations Police Service, and one from Altona Police Service (Manitoba).
The key areas of focus within the Police Recruit Training Program for Classes #68 and #69 were:
• Criminal Law Series (includes Criminal Code, federal statutes, provincial statutes and Restorative Justice) – 103 hours
• Wellness Series – 22 hours
• Introduction to Policing – 25 hours
• Diversity Awareness – 26 hours
• Communication Skills – 22 hours
• Professionalism, Ethics and Integrity – 12 hours
• Traffic Control and Enforcement – 15 hours
• Introduction to Investigations – 37 hours
• Mental Health Series – 21 hours
• Interpersonal Violence and Abuse – 22 hours
• High Risk Investigations – 40 hours
• Defensive Tactics – 81 hours (includes fitness sessions, Day 2 POPAT, Control Tactics; classroom theory sessions and Grad rehearsal sessions)
• Emergency Vehicle Operator Course – 36 hours
• Firearms – 77 hours (includes classroom theory, pistol training and shotgun training)
• Public and Officer Safety Training – 60 hours
• Drill – 30 hours ( includes drill, grad rehearsal sessions and transportation between facilities time)
Total Program – 629 hours
The full text of the Saskatchewan Police Commission Annual Report can be found here.