Syracuse Police Chief needs some basic training to keep his job

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – As Chief Kenton Buckner works to re-organize the Syracuse Police Department, he has a lot of his own work to do to continue in the job.

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services confirms to NewsChannel 9 he needs to complete a minimum of 386 hours.

That training includes classroom work like familiarizing himself with the criminal, traffic and penal laws of New York and tests in physical fitness, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle operation, and firearms.

When Mayor Ben Walsh hired Buckner, he moved to Syracuse from Arkansas, where he was Little Rock Police Chief.

Because Syracuse Police has its own academy, Chief Buckner can train alongside his own recruits and must meet or exceed standards set by the Syracuse Police Department within one year of his appointment.

A spokesperson for Syracuse City Hall says this training is common and required for any officer who moves state to state.

He also says Mayor Ben Walsh was aware of the requirement when he hired Buckner.

It appears the training will happen during Buckner’s regular course of work.

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