Lateral Academy helps Wichita Police Department fill positions with experience

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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The Wichita Police Department wants to fill its ranks with experience.

Rather than the 24-week long training academy, the department is currently accepting applications for their Lateral Academy.

The six-week course is for applicants already certified in Kansas law enforcement.

The department held its first academy a couple of years ago. The second course, which starts in December, will fill in the gaps of local laws and policies.

“We’d like to have the biggest possible pool that we can of certified law enforcement officers in the state of Kansas," says Sgt. Jeremy Vogel over WPD recruitment. "That way we can pick and make sure we’re getting the best quality candidates out on the streets, and by doing that it’s effective for the city and it’s effective for the citizens."

The department says the hires already have experience responding to calls in the field.

"The good thing is since they’ve already experienced some of this they know how to react faster, they have that training to rely upon," said Sgt. Vogel.

Already more than 15 people applied for the academy and they’re accepting more applications.

The department is looking to fill about 20 positions.

Successful applicants will be able to receive the department's benefits and be eligible for a pension.