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Law enforcement is a para-military environment. Recruits immediately realize the academy is not college - this is different. Mandatory uniform wear and classroom inspections to insure proper uniform maintenance and preparation are routine.
During the first week of the academy, the recruit is fit with soft body armor and web-gear, as well as a weighted Glock 9 mm simulated handgun, 9 mm magazines and weighted items to simulate the weight of a typical law officer's uniform equipment and duty belt.