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Basic Academy

The SFPD Regional Training Center Basic Academy philosophy is to provide all possible assistance to each recruit in order to ensure their success in the Academy, the Field Training Program, and throughout their career. The Recruit Training Officers and Academy Coordinator will provide direct, personal assistance to any recruit requiring additional training, counseling, or remediation. The recruit, however, is expected to avail themselves of this assistance and is ultimately required to meet the standards of the Academy, POST, and the Department through their own individual performance. The SFPD Basic Training environment is paramilitary with high standards, but the Staff is dedicated to the recruit’s success. 

 

The Academy experience begins with an orientation session the week before the start of instruction. During this session, recruits are introduced to the Training Staff, the facility, and Rules and Regulations. Administrative tasks are handled, and a video of prior classes’ experiences is shown. Instructions are given regarding expectations of recruits.

 

 

On the first day of class, recruits are expected to be professionally attired in their uniforms and in a military formation for inspection by the Recruit Training Officers. Following the inspection, they are welcomed by the Chief of Police, the Commanding Officer of the Training Division, the Academy Director, and the Academy Coordinator. Additional Academy Staff members are introduced. A good part of the day is spent presenting and reviewing Rules and Regulations and further expectations of the recruits.

 

 

The Department Behavioral Science Unit will explain their services available to recruits throughout their Academy and SFPD career.

 

The next three days include instruction in Military Drill, Stress Management, and ethics. A discussion of the course content is presented with suggestions for successful completion.

 

On Friday of the first week, recruits will participate in a Team Building and Confidence Course at San Bruno Mountain in order to emphasize the importance of the team concept in law enforcement and to develop self-confidence and stress management.

 

When recruit return to the academy, they begin instruction in POST subjects such as the Criminal Justice System, Introduction to Criminal Law, and Leadership. The first examinations are given at the end of this week, preceded and followed by a review and question/answer session to ensure the recruit’s knowledge of the material.

 

The second week also begins participation in the Physical Training and Defensive Tactics blocks of instruction. Our academy heavily emphasizes the importance of these two areas, giving the recruit over double the POST required instruction.

 

On the third week, recruits will travel to the Emergency Vehicle Operations and Control (EVOC) and Range facilities where they will be given a lecture and hands-on exercises to prepare them when they return for detailed instruction four months into the academy.

 

Recruits also begin their instruction in Report Writing at this time, beginning with hand written reports and subsequently transitioning to computer facilitated reports. Report Writing is another area heavily emphasized by the academy.

 

In week six, recruits are introduced to Simulations, a tested battery of POST and Department constructed scenarios where the recruit will have the opportunity to put the theory they have learned into practice. Scenarios include such situations as Use of Force, Ethics, Disputes, and Domestic Violence. Simulations are presented on five days throughout the academy as well as a separate Force Options scenario. Recruits are given advance preparation through staff facilitated Scenario Demonstration sessions.

 

Recruits will spend a day at the Range for Chemical Agent instruction where they will be lectured on concepts and regulations governing the use of Chemical Agents, and then will be exposed to both gaseous and liquid chemical agents to acquaint them with the effects of agents and give them the confidence they can continue to perform their duties after such exposure.

 

Recruits receive twenty-eight hours of First Aid/BLS and related area instruction and will spend a day participating in simulated BLS, medical, and trauma scenarios.

 

The completion of the formal Physical Training program is marked by the recruit’s taking the POST Work Sample Test Battery examination. This Battery consists of five separate events simulating actual physical situations a police officer could encounter on duty. Although this is the conclusion of the formal POST Physical Training program, recruits will continue to participate in strenuous physical training throughout the rest of the academy.

 

At the approximate mid point of the academy, recruits will spend a week at both EVOC and the Range. At EVOC, they will learn advance driving techniques such as Precision Maneuvers, High Speed Pursuits, and Accident Avoidance. At the Range, they will become proficient in usage of the semiautomatic pistol, shotgun, and Extended Range Impact Weapons.

 

Recruits will be given an orientation session with the Force Options Simulator in which they will be required to select, use, and explain the appropriate levels of force in video scenarios.

 

During a night session, recruits will return to the Range and EVOC for night fire and Felony Vehicle Stop instruction and evaluation.

 

 

Recruits will receive instruction in the use of Impact Weapons, and will have the opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency during an Impact Weapons Use of Force examination. During this examination, they will be required to demonstrate their knowledge, techniques, physical conditioning, and mental endurance to react to resistive subjects in full protective suits.

 

 

Recruits will report to the Hall of Justice where they will testify in a case for which they previously wrote an incident report. They will appear in an actual courtroom where attorneys from the SF District Attorney’s Offices will play roles as judges, prosecuting, and defense attorneys.

 

As it approaches the end of instruction, recruits will participate in their final simulations, take the POST final examination, and undergo tactical movement instruction at the range.

 

After completing the final examination and simulations, recruits will be given a day of instruction by the Field Training Office. Recruits will have general information and the Daily Observation Report evaluation program explained to them.

 

Recruits will have a day of instruction in Crowd Control during which they will practice formations and responding to simulated crowd control situations including mass arrests.

 

Recruits will participate in the Driving Simulator program in which they will hone their accident avoidance skills.

 

After completing the week-long Basic Accident Investigation instruction, recruits will be competent in investigating and reporting vehicle collisions.

 

 

Recruits will participate in a two day course of instruction as First Responders in Weapons of Mass Destruction Hazmat situations. They will learn how to safely respond and perform duties such as pistol handling, driving, and use of impact weapons while wearing a hazmat suit.

 

Recruits will participate in a two day Field Training Simulations exercise in which they will, with a classmate as their partner, respond in a patrol environment with a Field Training Officer who will observe and evaluate their performance. Suggestions will be given to assist the recruit in their actual Field Training experience.

 

A high point of the academy experience is the class participation in the week long Officer Survival and Field Tactics course. Recruits will hone their firearms and tactical skills at the Range. They will receive instruction in Active Shooter and High Rise critical incident responses. After “dry fire” practice exercises, the recruits will, on the final day of  the class, participate in simunitions scenarios allowing them to put the week’s instruction into practice.

 

The final week of the Academy will find the recruit taking the SFPD Final Examination based on Field Training preparation materials, taking a two day “7 Habits of Law Enforcement” leadership course, and having instruction in emotional survival.

 

Recruits will travel to their assigned patrol district for Station orientation where they will be familiarized with station facilities, personnel, and procedures to prepare them for their entry into the Field Training program.

 

Graduation is a happy event for the recruit, their family and friends, and the Training Staff. The efforts of all concerned are rewarded, and the recruit is finally ready to transfer to patrol and begin their career of service to the people of San Francisco.

 

 

PREPARATION

The SFPD Regional Training Center Basic Academy philosophy is to provide all possible assistance to each recruit in order to ensure their success in the Academy, the Field Training Program, and throughout their career. The Recruit Training Officers and Academy Coordinator will provide direct, personal assistance to any recruit requiring additional training, counseling, or remediation. The recruit, however, is expected to avail themselves of this assistance and is ultimately required to meet the standards of the Academy, POST, and the Department through their own individual performance. The SFPD Basic Training environment is paramilitary with high standards, but the Staff is dedicated to the recruit’s success. 

 

The Academy experience begins with an orientation session the week before the start of instruction. During this session, recruits are introduced to the Training Staff, the facility, and Rules and Regulations. Administrative tasks are handled, and a video of prior classes’ experiences is shown. Instructions are given regarding expectations of recruits.

 

 

On the first day of class, recruits are expected to be professionally attired in their uniforms and in a military formation for inspection by the Recruit Training Officers. Following the inspection, they are welcomed by the Chief of Police, the Commanding Officer of the Training Division, the Academy Director, and the Academy Coordinator. Additional Academy Staff members are introduced. A good part of the day is spent presenting and reviewing Rules and Regulations and further expectations of the recruits.

 

 

The Department Behavioral Science Unit will explain their services available to recruits throughout their Academy and SFPD career.

 

The next three days include instruction in Military Drill, Stress Management, and ethics. A discussion of the course content is presented with suggestions for successful completion.

 

On Friday of the first week, recruits will participate in a Team Building and Confidence Course at San Bruno Mountain in order to emphasize the importance of the team concept in law enforcement and to develop self-confidence and stress management.

 

When recruit return to the academy, they begin instruction in POST subjects such as the Criminal Justice System, Introduction to Criminal Law, and Leadership. The first examinations are given at the end of this week, preceded and followed by a review and question/answer session to ensure the recruit’s knowledge of the material.

 

The second week also begins participation in the Physical Training and Defensive Tactics blocks of instruction. Our academy heavily emphasizes the importance of these two areas, giving the recruit over double the POST required instruction.

 

On the third week, recruits will travel to the Emergency Vehicle Operations and Control (EVOC) and Range facilities where they will be given a lecture and hands-on exercises to prepare them when they return for detailed instruction four months into the academy.

 

Recruits also begin their instruction in Report Writing at this time, beginning with hand written reports and subsequently transitioning to computer facilitated reports. Report Writing is another area heavily emphasized by the academy.

 

In week six, recruits are introduced to Simulations, a tested battery of POST and Department constructed scenarios where the recruit will have the opportunity to put the theory they have learned into practice. Scenarios include such situations as Use of Force, Ethics, Disputes, and Domestic Violence. Simulations are presented on five days throughout the academy as well as a separate Force Options scenario. Recruits are given advance preparation through staff facilitated Scenario Demonstration sessions.

 

Recruits will spend a day at the Range for Chemical Agent instruction where they will be lectured on concepts and regulations governing the use of Chemical Agents, and then will be exposed to both gaseous and liquid chemical agents to acquaint them with the effects of agents and give them the confidence they can continue to perform their duties after such exposure.

 

Recruits receive twenty-eight hours of First Aid/BLS and related area instruction and will spend a day participating in simulated BLS, medical, and trauma scenarios.

 

The completion of the formal Physical Training program is marked by the recruit’s taking the POST Work Sample Test Battery examination. This Battery consists of five separate events simulating actual physical situations a police officer could encounter on duty. Although this is the conclusion of the formal POST Physical Training program, recruits will continue to participate in strenuous physical training throughout the rest of the academy.

 

At the approximate mid point of the academy, recruits will spend a week at both EVOC and the Range. At EVOC, they will learn advance driving techniques such as Precision Maneuvers, High Speed Pursuits, and Accident Avoidance. At the Range, they will become proficient in usage of the semiautomatic pistol, shotgun, and Extended Range Impact Weapons.

 

Recruits will be given an orientation session with the Force Options Simulator in which they will be required to select, use, and explain the appropriate levels of force in video scenarios.

 

During a night session, recruits will return to the Range and EVOC for night fire and Felony Vehicle Stop instruction and evaluation.

 

 

Recruits will receive instruction in the use of Impact Weapons, and will have the opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency during an Impact Weapons Use of Force examination. During this examination, they will be required to demonstrate their knowledge, techniques, physical conditioning, and mental endurance to react to resistive subjects in full protective suits.

 

 

Recruits will report to the Hall of Justice where they will testify in a case for which they previously wrote an incident report. They will appear in an actual courtroom where attorneys from the SF District Attorney’s Offices will play roles as judges, prosecuting, and defense attorneys.

 

As it approaches the end of instruction, recruits will participate in their final simulations, take the POST final examination, and undergo tactical movement instruction at the range.

 

After completing the final examination and simulations, recruits will be given a day of instruction by the Field Training Office. Recruits will have general information and the Daily Observation Report evaluation program explained to them.

 

Recruits will have a day of instruction in Crowd Control during which they will practice formations and responding to simulated crowd control situations including mass arrests.

 

Recruits will participate in the Driving Simulator program in which they will hone their accident avoidance skills.

 

After completing the week-long Basic Accident Investigation instruction, recruits will be competent in investigating and reporting vehicle collisions.

 

 

Recruits will participate in a two day course of instruction as First Responders in Weapons of Mass Destruction Hazmat situations. They will learn how to safely respond and perform duties such as pistol handling, driving, and use of impact weapons while wearing a hazmat suit.

 

Recruits will participate in a two day Field Training Simulations exercise in which they will, with a classmate as their partner, respond in a patrol environment with a Field Training Officer who will observe and evaluate their performance. Suggestions will be given to assist the recruit in their actual Field Training experience.

 

A high point of the academy experience is the class participation in the week long Officer Survival and Field Tactics course. Recruits will hone their firearms and tactical skills at the Range. They will receive instruction in Active Shooter and High Rise critical incident responses. After “dry fire” practice exercises, the recruits will, on the final day of  the class, participate in simunitions scenarios allowing them to put the week’s instruction into practice.

 

The final week of the Academy will find the recruit taking the SFPD Final Examination based on Field Training preparation materials, taking a two day “7 Habits of Law Enforcement” leadership course, and having instruction in emotional survival.

 

Recruits will travel to their assigned patrol district for Station orientation where they will be familiarized with station facilities, personnel, and procedures to prepare them for their entry into the Field Training program.

 

Graduation is a happy event for the recruit, their family and friends, and the Training Staff. The efforts of all concerned are rewarded, and the recruit is finally ready to transfer to patrol and begin their career of service to the people of San Francisco.

 Stars

 

PREPARATION
Last updated: 8/25/2011 4:08:27 PM