By Mary Yeater Rathbun
The Capital Times
MADISON, Wisc. — Madison Police Chief Noble Wray said this morning that he is considering an accelerated police academy for 2008 in order to get the 18 new officers that Mayor Dave Cieslewicz has agreed to include in next year's budget.
It usually takes nine months from May, when the annual police academy starts, to January of the next year to get officers onto the street, he said. Under an accelerated police academy plan, the department would shorten the number of days of classroom training so that officers starting training in May 2008 would be available to work on the street before the end of that same year.
To make it work, however, he added that the department would be recruiting people with prior law enforcement experience for the 2008 academy.