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The Waterbury Police Department Training Division consists of the Training Director, Lieutenant Mark Ryan, a Training Officer, Officer Nicholas Frager and one administrative assistant. The Training Director and his staff are responsible for maintaining all police officer and civilian certifications. All police officers have to attend sixty hours of training every three years in order to maintain his/her Police Officer Standard Training Council (POSTC) certification. This training includes, but is not limited too, a three day in-service training, a three day Medical Response Technician (MRT) recertification class, a one day National Crime Information Center (NCIC) class and the yearly firearms qualifications. The Training Division also coordinates all specialized training for police officers of all ranks. These specialized training classes help to develop the skills and knowledge needed for the police officers careers.
The Waterbury Police Department runs its own POSTC Satellite Police Academy. Since 2005 the Waterbury Police Academy has graduated almost 200 police officers for the Waterbury Police Department and other police agencies throughout the State of Connecticut. Waterbury’s Police Academy is over 1000 hours of physical, academic and practical training. It uses current Waterbury Police Officers, officers from other police agencies and civilian instructors to teach the police recruits. After the police academy graduation the new officers are put into a 10 week Field Training Officer (FTO) Program to put their newly acquired knowledge to use in real situations.
The Waterbury Police Training Division continually works to better its officers in order to accommodate the needs of the Waterbury community.