Iowa Law Enforcement Academy decision irks chiefs

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police chiefs are upset with the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Council’s decision to bar outside agencies from sending recruits to train at the Cedar Rapids police academy.

Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman said Thursday that a recent council decision barred seven recruits from Lisbon, Hiawatha and the Department of Corrections from attending his department’s academy, which started last month. Instead, those recruits have to go to the ILEA academy in Johnston at a higher cost to become certified.

Jerman says the Cedar Rapids academy has been open to recruits from other agencies for decades, which helps build relationships. He says he believes the ILEA council’s August vote was motivated by its funding concerns.

The Iowa Police Chiefs Association has voted to support legislation next year to overturn the decision.

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