What Goes in to developing a Bethlehem Police Officer?
Following the Twenty Week Police Academy, and an additional three to four weeks of in house training at BPD as well as thirteen weeks with a field training officer, officers receive ongoing training on a regular basis.
BPD Officers receive well over forty hours of relevant professional development each year. Subjects include Legal Updates, CPR/1st Aid/AED, Crisis Intervention Training, Response to Active Shooter, Use of Force, Defensive Tactics, Less Lethal Weapons, Firearms, etc. This is in addition to any specialty training an officer might receive (ERT, Forensic Services Unit Detectives, Mounted Patrol, etc).
Training includes traditional classroom instruction, hands on training, firearms range training, computer simulations, and reality based training scenarios. Reality Based Training Scenarios,
like depicted in the photographs, are the most realistic and stressful training an officer can undergo. Scenarios can include everything from an incident handled through verbal de-escalation to incidents that escalate to hands on defensive tactics, less lethal weapons, firearms/simunition marking cartridges, etc.
This is just a small amount of the training and professional development our officers undergo on a regular basis.