By John Marzulli
The Daily News (New York)
March 28, 2001
(New York, NY) - Nearly 23% of the Police Academy class is failing to make the grade in academics or gym forcing the Police Department to hold them out of crucial field training, the Daily News has learned. Of the 1,181 probationary cops in the class, 270 were held back March 9 from the month-long training now underway in city, housing and transit commands throughout the city.
"If they're even close to the point of not passing, I hold them back," said James O'Keefe, the NYPD's director of training. "I don't want to make a mistake and give them a gun and shield."
Probationary cops must have a minimum grade of 70 in each of four disciplines law, behavioral science, police science and gym and maintain an overall grade of 75.
Rookie cops failing: 23% can't pass class, gym tests, N.Y.