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Deal lets police recruits earn college credit in academy

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore City Community College signed an agreement yesterday in which police recruits will earn college credit for going through the police academy.

Recruits can earn as many as 45 credits by taking academy courses and community college classes. When they become officers, they may take the remaining 15 credits to complete an associate's degree at reduced cost.

"Whether it's running NationsBank or Giant Foods or the Police Department, whether we have a highly trained and educated work force is going to make all the difference," said James D. Tschechtelin, president of BCCC.

Tschechtelin and Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier signed the agreement at a ceremony at the police training academy on Guilford Avenue.

"I'm glad it all came together," Frazier said. "What we need to teach police officers is more complicated than it ever was before."

He added that the program will be a "huge incentive" for officers to continue their education.

Pub Date: 12/06/96

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