BJS: Bureau of Justice Statistics

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What are the requirements for full-time instructors at training academies?

Slightly over two-thirds (68%) of training academies had a minimum experience requirement for full-time instructors. Among academies with a minimum experience requirement, the average was about 4 years. Average requirements ranged from 3.2 years at county police academies to 4.5 years at college and university academies. Overall, 19% of the academies required their full-time instructors to have a college degree. Nearly all (97%) academies required their full-time instructors to be certified. Eight-nine percent of academies required full-time trainers to have a state-level certification, and 62% required certification as a subject-matter expert. A less common requirement was certification by the academy (25%).


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