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Metro Police to Reopen Police Academy

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are reopening their academy so they can put 50 new police officers on the streets.

The police academy graduated its last class in Jan. 2012. The money for the additional officers comes from an .15 percent increase in the Clark County sales tax recently passed by the Legislature.

The new recruits would be patrolling the streets by next summer, but first they must undergo rigorous testing which includes physical, psychological and community-based evaluations. Department officials say they want recruits with good people skills.

"The biggest thing that we're emphasizing, from the minute they walk in the door to the minute they walk in the academy, is how do they interact with people? So they're going to be evaluated as to their communication skills, they're going to be evaluated as to how they act under pressure," deputy chief Gary Scholfield said.

Metro Police have seen their numbers dwindle because of cuts during Recession. It's expected hundreds of people will apply for the academy, but only 50 will be selected.

One of those interested in the academy is Alex Church. His mother is a Metro officer. He hopes he has the values to get him in the door.

"That integrity, that courage, you have to be who you are. You have to respect the department, its standards and the community," Alex Church said.

The new Metro Police academy will begin July 11. You can find more information here.



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