More than 40 police cadets have begun their 26-week training course at the Albuquerque Police Roger Hoisington Training Academy.
Officials say the training started Monday and involves a new, intense emphasis on crisis intervention and scenario-based training.
Cadets will study New Mexico State Law, city ordinances, Constitutional law and criminal law, traffic regulations and criminal investigation techniques.
A recent scathing report from the U.S. Justice Department faulted Albuquerque police over its use of force and the way it previously trained cadets.
Officials say of the 44 cadets who will be part of the new class, 21 are native New Mexicans, 14 have undergraduate degrees, and three have master's degrees.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.