So I totally said there was no way OPD was going to be able to find 100 people to fill these two academies starting May 19th.
KCBS reports that 94 trainees will be starting the Academy today.
So, on the one hand, this is good. It means we have a shot at getting to 803 by the end of the year. (Of course, those projections are contingent on a bizarrely low Academy attrition rate, but who knows.) On the other hand, getting this many POTs in this short a time is completely inconsistent with multiple public statements from the Department over the past year, so either the department was just being incredibly inefficient before and finally got into gear, or there was some serious standards relaxation going on trying to fill these Academies.
Of course, this also means that once these Academies finish in November, we can look forward several months with no crime reduction teams and even further reductions in our already strained investigation and traffic units. Hey, the Mayor did say “Whatever it takes.” Clearly he meant it.