Rio Hondo police academy suspended
- Rio Hondo police academy suspended, investigated for testing breach
By Tracy Garcia Staff Writer
Posted: 10/05/2010 09:07:37 PM PDT
WHITTIER - Rio Hondo College's police academy program has been placed on
suspension by the state following a breach in testing, college officials
The state Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) took
action Monday against the Rio Hondo Regional Training Center, otherwise
known as the college's police academy.
POST is investigating how widespread the security breach was and how it
can be prevented from happening again, officials said - and the affected
tests will have to be recreated and validated at a substantial cost to the POST
Rio Hondo College President Ted Martinez Jr. visited all affected
classrooms Tuesday to break the news that all academy classes have been suspended
until further notice.
That postponement will affect not only the current class of 122 cadets,
but an incoming class that was scheduled to start later this month.
"We recognize the serious nature of the suspension, regret its impact on
our students, and are working diligently with POST to resolve the issues,"
"(The college) is committed to integrity in all facets of law enforcement
training and preparation," he added.
College officials said all academy courses - including the "intensive" and
"extended" formats, as well as the P.C. 832-Arrest, P.C. 832-Firearms and
requalification courses - have been put on hold.
However, other classes in the college's Administration of Justice and Fire
Academy were not affected, including in-service training, or specialized
classes for existing law enforcement officers, officials said.
"Rio Hondo College apologizes to our regional law enforcement partners for
this temporary interruption of police academy classes," Martinez said.
The police academy has been in existence since Rio Hondo College opened in
the early 1960s. Its Administration of Justice program is the largest
college-based program in California and trains police officers for some 40
jurisdictions, officials said.
562-698-0955, ext. 3051
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