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Advancing 21 st Century Policing: The Arlington Police Department Report to the Community TRAINING AND EDUCATION Preparing future hometown heroes Police Chief Will Johnson state, “The future success of the city depends on the time and energy we invest in our youth today.” High school students enrolled in procedural justice classes are already learning what it means to have a servant’s heart. They are exploring careers in policing through a program called Hometown Recruiting. While studying the criminal justice system, students are working alongside Arlington police officers and participating in training exercises to sharpen critical thinking skills. Officers are classroom instructors in a program called Hometown Recruiting/AISD Police Academy. The Police Explore Program combines classroom training with ride-alongs in police vehicles, pistol shooting, community policing and more. Students experience first hand what it’s like to be an officer of the law. The AISD Academy/Hometown Recruiting Program is modeled after the training curriculum developed for the Arlington Police Academy. All core competencies are taught in the classroom and during scenario-based training. This collaboration with the Arlington ISD, UT Arlington and City of Arlington is building on the future of law enforcement and enhancing the recruiting pipeline for the Arlington Police Department. A college degree is required A higher level of training and education combined can have a positive impact on the quality of an officer’s performance. For this reason, the application process for the Arlington Police Department requires a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, it is estimated that sixteen percent of the department have earned graduate degrees. Close to 69 percent of the department’s executive level staff have obtained graduate degrees or higher. The Arlington Police Department also benefits from the diverse cultural, language and life experiences that officers and civilian staff bring to policing in Arlington. Young adult s train with officers Law Enforcement Exploring is a program for young people age14-21 who are considering careers in the field of criminal justice. Explore Posts have served as a platform from which countless young adults have launched a successful career with local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Student members lead community service projects and provide assistance to officers. Sponsored by the Arlington Police Department, members of Explorer Post 602 are broadening their understanding and firsthand knowledge of the challenges and job skills that make up their community's police service. 13