and Training Continued education and training for the Officers of the Grand Junction Police Department is managed by the Professional Standards Unit encompassing a wide range of topics. At a minimum all of our Officers attend a 40 hour yearly in-service training covering a variety of topics to include the following: firearms training, defensive tactics, drivers training, CPR, evidence collection, DNA collection, legal updates, and search and seizure updates. Each year the Professional Standards Unit evaluates the needs of the department and tailors the in-service training to meet the current professional climate in Law Enforcement. In addition to the standard training provided to every Officer, Officers assigned to specialized units attend additional type specific training throughout the year. The 40 hour training sets a baseline for the officers and their continued education throughout the year increases proficiency. In an effort to increase our professional response to a wide variety of law enforcement related functions we provide additional yearly training on high risk areas such as use of force, situational driving, and legal updates. Most of our tenured officers have instructor certifications requiring them to attend continued education in order to maintain those certifications. Last but not least we conduct continued firearms and defensive tactics training throughout the year and we hold mandatory quarterly firearms qualifications.
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