WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - Twenty-five Vermont State police recruits have begun a training program that will allow state police to reach full strength - 327 state troopers.
The recruits began a three-week pre-basic academy on Monday. Upon completion, they will be joined by trainees from other departments for a 16-week class at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford.
Of the 25 recruits, 11 are from Vermont and 11 have military experience. The class includes a Hispanic woman and two African-American women - the first female Hispanic and African-Americans hired by the Vermont State Police.
During pre-basic training, recruits learn about department history, Vermont geography and history, defensive tactics, firearms and ethics.
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