MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - The Moultrie police department has begun a new program to get cadets ready for the police academy, in an effort to build a better police force. Sergeant James Ellis says the first two cadets to enter the program are going strong since they started pilot training for the Moultrie Police department less than a month ago.
Each morning for 6 weeks the cadets run two miles. They then go through firearms instruction, movement exercises and driving instruction.
Every hour they train is to get a head start for the real police academy courses. "We came up with a program that will basically mirror what they are going to do. Now, we don't get in depth to it," said Sergeant Ellis. "We just give them an understanding of what they're going to encounter when they do arrive at the police academy."
Sergeant Ellis was appointed to help kick start the program this year because of his previous position at the Tifton Police Academy. He says because this is the first round of training, changes are expected.
"We're going to tweak it here and there to see what we need, what works, what could we improve on."
After the cadets finish the program they immediately enter the police academy. "They'll know how to shoot when they get there. It's less work for the instructors at the academy, plus we shoot the same course. They're ready, the failure rates should go down and then we get some quality officers."
Once they graduate the academy, they'll go through field training and hopefully become a part of a stronger police force.
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