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Baltimore Police training academy closes after four trainees and two staff members test positive for COVID-19

The Baltimore Police training academy is closed and recruits have returned to online learning after four trainees and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

The department said the in-person training ended Friday after the additional cases were confirmed.

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As of Monday, 65 Baltimore Police Department employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since cases were first reported in the state in March.

Police trainees will continue their academy workload through remote learning while the department’s new academy facility at the University of Baltimore is being cleaned.

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“COVID-19 continues to challenge the policing profession, as we look to research best practices and create innovative solutions in resuming much needed training to the members of the department,” Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said in a statement. “We continue to examine all procedures and precautionary measures put in place to minimize exposure to COVID-19 for all of our members.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 638 employees of the department have been quarantined because of potential exposure to the coronavirus, with 596 having been cleared to return to work. Currently, 42 employees are quarantined due to possible exposure.

The police department recently relocated the academy to the university from its old location in Northwest Baltimore to expand its academic facilities and allow more recruits to pass through each year as it strives to address a shortage of officers.

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