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Recruit Training

The Recruit Training Section provides recruits in the Police Academy with the most advanced and comprehensive classroom and tactical instruction, preparing them as professional police officers. The training is grounded in the principles of effective community relations, vigilant pursuit of crime reduction, and relentless identification, deterrence, and proactive response to terrorist-related incidents. The main topics of instruction include police science, law, and the humanities, with an emphasis on cultural awareness and diversity. Recruits also participate in scenario-based training before receiving tactical training.

To bridge theoretical instruction and practical police work in the field, recruits are assigned to a police precinct for three weeks, before returning to the Police Academy to complete their intensive classroom and tactical training.

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