Officers in final week at the MLEA
Officers at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy are completing their last week of training before graduation this Friday.
As part of their final duties, they must complete the Montana Physical Abilities Test, MPAT, one last time before they can be certified. The officers have been training for the MPAT since the start of the academy by participating in several physical fitness exercises.
Helena Police Patrol Lieutenant, Steve Hagen, says there are 41 officers taking the test. He says it’s all about technique and energy conservation to maintain a decent time.
Hagen stated, "They basically have to pass it to get in. They have a certain level that they have, to pass it. Then they take it once early in the session and then right at the end of the session. And they have physical fitness continually throughout the program."
The graduation ceremony is Friday, March 30. The class includes three Helena Police Officers and two Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Deputies.
Story by Drew Steele, Beartooth NBC.
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