State Basic Police Academy Seeks To Increase Class Sizes, Add Night Courses To Address Backlog

With an average wait of more than six months for police recruits to attend Oregon’s 16-week basic training courses, the state academy wants to add evening instruction and increase class sizes.

The state Department of Public Safety Standards & Training has proposed expanding its 20 basic police training classes from 40 students each to 60 students, adding two more classes of 40 students and extending training beyond the usual 5:30 p.m. cutoff to 10 p.m.

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