Utah’s police academy plans to add three more days of training to better teach cadets about implicit bias and how to fight with their hands.
The Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Council on Wednesday gave the academy’s director, Maj. Scott Stephenson, permission to develop the extra training, which will amount to 30 additional hours of instruction for cadets. The council will need to vote again to approve the new hours once Stephenson provides more specifics of the training.
Cadets wanting to become full-time police officers or sheriffs’ deputies currently undergo 15 weeks of training. Stephenson, during the council’s quarterly meeting, referenced the protests of the recent weeks before explaining his desire for the additional instruction.
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