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Broome County Law Enforcement Academy Begins Training

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For the next three to four weeks the 45 recruits a part of the Broome County Sheriff's Law Enforcement Academy will be going through intense physical training.

Anywhere from four to six hours a day to be specific. Phase one of the police academy includes drill, marching and agility testing.

Recruits will be required to run a timed mile and a half, and do a certain amount of push-ups and sit-ups based on age and gender.

Academy director sergeant harting says that recruits will be given loud voice commands at a close proximity to learn their personalities and test their discipline.

Academy Director Sgt. Benjamin Harting said, "And it serves multiple purposes. One they have to be in peak physical condition in order to make it through the remainder of the academy including self-defense tactics. As well, test to see who has the drive, the motivation, the willpower to want to be here."

Phase two of the academy will be spent in the classroom, phase three is firearms training, field sobriety, and defense tactics, phase four is field testing.