Basic Academy

The SFPD RegionalTraining Center BasicAcademy philosophy is to provideall possible assistance to each recruit in order to ensure their success in theAcademy, the Field Training Program, and throughout their career. The RecruitTraining Officers and Academy Coordinator will provide direct, personalassistance to any recruit requiring additional training, counseling, orremediation. The recruit, however, is expected to avail themselves of thisassistance and is ultimately required to meet the standards of the Academy,POST, and the Department through their own individual performance. The SFPDBasic Training environment is paramilitary with high standards, but the Staffis dedicated to the recruit’s success. 

 

The Academy experience begins with an orientation sessionthe week before the start of instruction. During this session, recruits areintroduced to the Training Staff, the facility, and Rules and Regulations.Administrative tasks are handled, and a video of prior classes’ experiences isshown. Instructions are given regarding expectations of recruits.

 

 

On the first day of class, recruits are expected to beprofessionally attired in their uniforms and in a military formation forinspection by the Recruit Training Officers. Following the inspection, they arewelcomed by the Chief of Police, the Commanding Officer of the TrainingDivision, the Academy Director, and the Academy Coordinator. Additional AcademyStaff members are introduced. A good part of the day is spent presenting andreviewing Rules and Regulations and further expectations of the recruits.

 

 

The Department Behavioral Science Unit will explain theirservices available to recruits throughout their Academy and SFPD career.

 

The next three days include instruction in Military Drill,Stress Management, and ethics. A discussion of the course content is presentedwith suggestions for successful completion.

 

On Friday of the first week, recruits will participate in a TeamBuilding and Confidence Course at SanBruno Mountain inorder to emphasize the importance of the team concept in law enforcement and todevelop self-confidence and stress management.

 

When recruit return to the academy, they begin instructionin POST subjects such as the Criminal Justice System, Introduction to CriminalLaw, and Leadership. The first examinations are given at the end of this week,preceded and followed by a review and question/answer session to ensure therecruit’s knowledge of the material.

 

The second week also begins participation in the PhysicalTraining and Defensive Tactics blocks of instruction. Our academy heavilyemphasizes the importance of these two areas, giving the recruit over doublethe POST required instruction.

 

On the third week, recruits will travel to the EmergencyVehicle Operations and Control (EVOC) and Range facilities where they will begiven a lecture and hands-on exercises to prepare them when they return fordetailed instruction four months into the academy.

 

Recruits also begin their instruction in Report Writing atthis time, beginning with hand written reports and subsequently transitioningto computer facilitated reports. Report Writing is another area heavilyemphasized by the academy.

 

In week six, recruits are introduced to Simulations, atested battery of POST and Department constructed scenarios where the recruitwill have the opportunity to put the theory they have learned into practice.Scenarios include such situations as Use of Force, Ethics, Disputes, andDomestic Violence. Simulations are presented on five days throughout the academyas well as a separate Force Options scenario. Recruits are given advancepreparation through staff facilitated Scenario Demonstration sessions.

 

Recruits will spend a day at the Range for Chemical Agentinstruction where they will be lectured on concepts and regulations governingthe use of Chemical Agents, and then will be exposed to both gaseous and liquidchemical agents to acquaint them with the effects of agents and give them theconfidence they can continue to perform their duties after such exposure.

 

Recruits receive twenty-eight hours of First Aid/BLSand related area instruction and will spend a day participating in simulated BLS,medical, and trauma scenarios.

 

The completion of the formal Physical Training program ismarked by the recruit’s taking the POST Work Sample Test Battery examination.This Battery consists of five separate events simulatingactual physical situations a police officer could encounter on duty. Althoughthis is the conclusion of the formal POST Physical Training program, recruitswill continue to participate in strenuous physical training throughout the restof the academy.

 

At the approximate mid point of the academy, recruits willspend a week at both EVOC and the Range. At EVOC, they will learn advancedriving techniques such as Precision Maneuvers, High Speed Pursuits, andAccident Avoidance. At the Range, they will become proficient in usage of thesemiautomatic pistol, shotgun, and Extended Range Impact Weapons.

 

Recruits will be given an orientation session with the ForceOptions Simulator in which they will be required to select, use, and explainthe appropriate levels of force in video scenarios.

 

During a night session, recruits will return to the Rangeand EVOC for night fire and Felony Vehicle Stop instruction and evaluation.

 

 

Recruits will receive instruction in the use of ImpactWeapons, and will have the opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency duringan Impact Weapons Use of Force examination. During this examination, they willbe required to demonstrate their knowledge, techniques, physical conditioning,and mental endurance to react to resistive subjects in full protective suits.

 

 

Recruits will report to the Hall of Justice where they willtestify in a case for which they previously wrote an incident report. They willappear in an actual courtroom where attorneys from the SF District Attorney’sOffices will play roles as judges, prosecuting, and defense attorneys.

 

As it approaches the end of instruction, recruits willparticipate in their final simulations, take the POST final examination, andundergo tactical movement instruction at the range.

 

After completing the final examination and simulations,recruits will be given a day of instruction by the Field Training Office.Recruits will have general information and the Daily Observation Reportevaluation program explained to them.

 

Recruits will have a day of instruction in Crowd Controlduring which they will practice formations and responding to simulated crowdcontrol situations including mass arrests.

 

Recruits will participate in the Driving Simulator programin which they will hone their accident avoidance skills.

 

After completing the week-long Basic Accident Investigationinstruction, recruits will be competent in investigating and reporting vehiclecollisions.

 

 

Recruits will participate in a two day course of instructionas First Responders in Weapons of Mass Destruction Hazmat situations. They willlearn how to safely respond and perform duties such as pistol handling,driving, and use of impact weapons while wearing a hazmat suit.

 

Recruits will participate in a two day Field TrainingSimulations exercise in which they will, with a classmate as their partner,respond in a patrol environment with a Field Training Officer who will observeand evaluate their performance. Suggestions will be given to assist the recruitin their actual Field Training experience.

 

A high point ofthe academy experience is the class participation in the week long OfficerSurvival and Field Tactics course. Recruits will hone their firearms andtactical skills at the Range. They will receive instruction in Active Shooterand High Rise critical incident responses. After “dry fire” practice exercises,the recruits will, on the final day of the class, participate in simunitions scenarios allowing them to put theweek’s instruction into practice.

 

The final week of the Academy will find the recruit takingthe SFPD Final Examination based on Field Training preparation materials,taking a two day “7 Habits of Law Enforcement” leadership course, and havinginstruction in emotional survival.

 

Recruits will travel to their assigned patrol district forStation orientation where they will be familiarized with station facilities,personnel, and procedures to prepare them for their entry into the FieldTraining program.

 

Graduation is a happy event for the recruit, their familyand friends, and the Training Staff. The efforts of all concerned are rewarded,and the recruit is finally ready to transfer to patrol and begin their careerof service to the people of San Francisco.

 

 

PREPARATION

The SFPD RegionalTraining Center BasicAcademy philosophy is to provideall possible assistance to each recruit in order to ensure their success in theAcademy, the Field Training Program, and throughout their career. The RecruitTraining Officers and Academy Coordinator will provide direct, personalassistance to any recruit requiring additional training, counseling, orremediation. The recruit, however, is expected to avail themselves of thisassistance and is ultimately required to meet the standards of the Academy,POST, and the Department through their own individual performance. The SFPDBasic Training environment is paramilitary with high standards, but the Staffis dedicated to the recruit’s success. 

 

The Academy experience begins with an orientation sessionthe week before the start of instruction. During this session, recruits areintroduced to the Training Staff, the facility, and Rules and Regulations.Administrative tasks are handled, and a video of prior classes’ experiences isshown. Instructions are given regarding expectations of recruits.

 

 

On the first day of class, recruits are expected to beprofessionally attired in their uniforms and in a military formation forinspection by the Recruit Training Officers. Following the inspection, they arewelcomed by the Chief of Police, the Commanding Officer of the TrainingDivision, the Academy Director, and the Academy Coordinator. Additional AcademyStaff members are introduced. A good part of the day is spent presenting andreviewing Rules and Regulations and further expectations of the recruits.

 

 

The Department Behavioral Science Unit will explain theirservices available to recruits throughout their Academy and SFPD career.

 

The next three days include instruction in Military Drill,Stress Management, and ethics. A discussion of the course content is presentedwith suggestions for successful completion.

 

On Friday of the first week, recruits will participate in a TeamBuilding and Confidence Course at SanBruno Mountain inorder to emphasize the importance of the team concept in law enforcement and todevelop self-confidence and stress management.

 

When recruit return to the academy, they begin instructionin POST subjects such as the Criminal Justice System, Introduction to CriminalLaw, and Leadership. The first examinations are given at the end of this week,preceded and followed by a review and question/answer session to ensure therecruit’s knowledge of the material.

 

The second week also begins participation in the PhysicalTraining and Defensive Tactics blocks of instruction. Our academy heavilyemphasizes the importance of these two areas, giving the recruit over doublethe POST required instruction.

 

On the third week, recruits will travel to the EmergencyVehicle Operations and Control (EVOC) and Range facilities where they will begiven a lecture and hands-on exercises to prepare them when they return fordetailed instruction four months into the academy.

 

Recruits also begin their instruction in Report Writing atthis time, beginning with hand written reports and subsequently transitioningto computer facilitated reports. Report Writing is another area heavilyemphasized by the academy.

 

In week six, recruits are introduced to Simulations, atested battery of POST and Department constructed scenarios where the recruitwill have the opportunity to put the theory they have learned into practice.Scenarios include such situations as Use of Force, Ethics, Disputes, andDomestic Violence. Simulations are presented on five days throughout the academyas well as a separate Force Options scenario. Recruits are given advancepreparation through staff facilitated Scenario Demonstration sessions.

 

Recruits will spend a day at the Range for Chemical Agentinstruction where they will be lectured on concepts and regulations governingthe use of Chemical Agents, and then will be exposed to both gaseous and liquidchemical agents to acquaint them with the effects of agents and give them theconfidence they can continue to perform their duties after such exposure.

 

Recruits receive twenty-eight hours of First Aid/BLSand related area instruction and will spend a day participating in simulated BLS,medical, and trauma scenarios.

 

The completion of the formal Physical Training program ismarked by the recruit’s taking the POST Work Sample Test Battery examination.This Battery consists of five separate events simulatingactual physical situations a police officer could encounter on duty. Althoughthis is the conclusion of the formal POST Physical Training program, recruitswill continue to participate in strenuous physical training throughout the restof the academy.

 

At the approximate mid point of the academy, recruits willspend a week at both EVOC and the Range. At EVOC, they will learn advancedriving techniques such as Precision Maneuvers, High Speed Pursuits, andAccident Avoidance. At the Range, they will become proficient in usage of thesemiautomatic pistol, shotgun, and Extended Range Impact Weapons.

 

Recruits will be given an orientation session with the ForceOptions Simulator in which they will be required to select, use, and explainthe appropriate levels of force in video scenarios.

 

During a night session, recruits will return to the Rangeand EVOC for night fire and Felony Vehicle Stop instruction and evaluation.

 

 

Recruits will receive instruction in the use of ImpactWeapons, and will have the opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency duringan Impact Weapons Use of Force examination. During this examination, they willbe required to demonstrate their knowledge, techniques, physical conditioning,and mental endurance to react to resistive subjects in full protective suits.

 

 

Recruits will report to the Hall of Justice where they willtestify in a case for which they previously wrote an incident report. They willappear in an actual courtroom where attorneys from the SF District Attorney’sOffices will play roles as judges, prosecuting, and defense attorneys.

 

As it approaches the end of instruction, recruits willparticipate in their final simulations, take the POST final examination, andundergo tactical movement instruction at the range.

 

After completing the final examination and simulations,recruits will be given a day of instruction by the Field Training Office.Recruits will have general information and the Daily Observation Reportevaluation program explained to them.

 

Recruits will have a day of instruction in Crowd Controlduring which they will practice formations and responding to simulated crowdcontrol situations including mass arrests.

 

Recruits will participate in the Driving Simulator programin which they will hone their accident avoidance skills.

 

After completing the week-long Basic Accident Investigationinstruction, recruits will be competent in investigating and reporting vehiclecollisions.

 

 

Recruits will participate in a two day course of instructionas First Responders in Weapons of Mass Destruction Hazmat situations. They willlearn how to safely respond and perform duties such as pistol handling,driving, and use of impact weapons while wearing a hazmat suit.

 

Recruits will participate in a two day Field TrainingSimulations exercise in which they will, with a classmate as their partner,respond in a patrol environment with a Field Training Officer who will observeand evaluate their performance. Suggestions will be given to assist the recruitin their actual Field Training experience.

 

A high point ofthe academy experience is the class participation in the week long OfficerSurvival and Field Tactics course. Recruits will hone their firearms andtactical skills at the Range. They will receive instruction in Active Shooterand High Rise critical incident responses. After “dry fire” practice exercises,the recruits will, on the final day of the class, participate in simunitions scenarios allowing them to put theweek’s instruction into practice.

 

The final week of the Academy will find the recruit takingthe SFPD Final Examination based on Field Training preparation materials,taking a two day “7 Habits of Law Enforcement” leadership course, and havinginstruction in emotional survival.

 

Recruits will travel to their assigned patrol district forStation orientation where they will be familiarized with station facilities,personnel, and procedures to prepare them for their entry into the FieldTraining program.

 

Graduation is a happy event for the recruit, their familyand friends, and the Training Staff. The efforts of all concerned are rewarded,and the recruit is finally ready to transfer to patrol and begin their careerof service to the people of San Francisco.

 Stars

 

PREPARATION