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With more money coming, Metro recruits officers

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Tack Officer Fred Oliveri demonstrates a simulator used to train Las Vegas Metro police officers on June 19, 2013. (FOX5/Elizabeth Watts) Tack Officer Fred Oliveri demonstrates a simulator used to train Las Vegas Metro police officers on June 19, 2013. (FOX5/Elizabeth Watts)

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is once again opening its police academy to recruits.

Its last graduating class finished in January 2012.

The academy will be paid for through a tax initiative passed by voters years ago, and by this time next year there will be several academies underway.

Wednesday, dozens of potential recruits showed up for an open house.

"This is one of the greatest police forces in the nation, so the opportunity to actually get in is amazing," Brandon Chapman said.

"I want to help the community. I want to make Las Vegas a better city and safer city," Jason Marin said.

The academy is reopening thanks to Senate Bill 1 that Gov. Brian Sandoval signed earlier this month. The 2005 voter-approved tax will raise Clark County sales tax by 0.15 percent.

The tax would generate between $30 and $35 million a year and would go into effect by October at the earliest. Clark County commissioners will vote to approve the measure later this summer.

The 50 recruits selected for the upcoming academy will go through 28 weeks of basic training and 24 weeks of field training.

"It's a significant amount of work, it's a significant community. We're looking for the best and the brightest that want us to help protect the city," Deputy Chief Gary Schofield said.

Over the past year the academy worked on enhancements to improve communication and leadership skills for new recruits.

"They're going to be evaluated as to their communication skills. They'll be evaluated as to how they act under pressure. All those things were in academy before but we upped it," Schofield added.

Each year about 100 Metro officers retire and each academy graduates up to 50.

The academy will open in July for 50 recruits who already tested before the hiring freeze.

Potential recruits can also start testing in July for an academy that will start in January 2014.

For more information on the testing and requirements, head to Metro's recruitment site by clicking here.

The revenue gained by the sales tax will be shared with other police departments in southern Nevada as well.


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