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Metropolitan Police Academy (Tokyo)

Metropolitan Police Academy in Fuchu, Tokyo

The Metropolitan Police Academy (警察大学校, Keisatsudai gakkō) is the official facility for training members of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.

History

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A new 14-story facility was completed in Fuchu City in August 2002.[1][2] It features an indoor swimming pool,[1] and modern dormitories where students are required to reside.[1]

The academy hosted an open house event for the first time in March 2015,[3] offering private seminars, fingerprint collecting and other activities in the hopes of combating the recent decline of applications.[3]

Examinations

Upon acceptance recruits are enrolled in a training course involving "physical strength, vitality and character building."[1] After completing this training recruits move on to the main curriculum. Graduates of high school, junior colleges, or universities are all welcome to apply; however, university graduates are given a training course of only six months while high school students and junior college students are trained for ten months.[1]

Curriculum

The curriculum includes both general education subjects such as ethics and courses geared for police work such as laws, martial arts (like kendo and judo), and shooting firearms.[1]

Specialized courses offered at the academy include:[4]

  • Criminal investigation/identification
  • International organized crime control
  • Community safety investigation
  • Cybercrime investigation
  • Traffic investigation
  • Crime victim assistance
  • Patrol car officer
  • Police motorcycle officer
  • SP (Security Police)
  • Judo and Kendo instructor training
  • Sign language

There are also courses available for study overseas or other non-academy locations, such as:[4]

  • Computer technology
  • Diving training
  • Automobile mechanic
  • Motorboat operation
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • Police dog training
  • Foreign languages (Including English, Mandarin, Korean, Persian, Tagalog, and Spanish)
  • Bookkeeping
  • First aid

Student life

"The trainees....lead an orderly life at this institute by precisely following daily routines."[1] There are, however, various club activities offered in their down time.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Police Academy Trains Officers To Entrust Tasks". Keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp. Tokyo Metropolitan Police Dept. Retrieved 2015-03-03.
  2. ^ "National Police Academy Building 2". Emporis. Retrieved 2015-03-03.
  3. ^ a b "Police academy holds first ever Open House". Japan Today.com. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-03.
  4. ^ a b "Obtaining Specialized Skills & Knowledge". Keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp. Tokyo Metropolitan Police Dept. Retrieved 2015-03-03.