Providence police defend hiring recruits who failed tests

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence police are defending a decision to allow three recruits to graduate from the city’s police academy even though they did not pass their firearms training course in time.

WPRI-TV reported Wednesday that Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements said the academy provided several days of additional training to meet the qualifications the recruits needed to graduate.

The police union local is accusing the city of ignoring the police academy’s policies and pushing recruits through the process.

Clements says the police firearms policy and training curriculum is under review and will be amended before next year’s training academy.