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Indiana University Police Academy Recruits Hosting Indiana Fallen Officer Blood Drive Wednesday
Updated June 5, 2018 7:15 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - The Indiana University Police Academy is hosting an Indiana Fallen Officer Blood Drive location again on Wednesday, June 6, and this year's recruit class is challenging the community to help them fill two busses with donors.

"We're doing this because of the fallen officers and for them, not for us," said Recruit Chris Wolak. The recruits begin each day (the academy is in session all summer) by recognizing and honoring fallen officers from across the country.

"The efforts of the 45th class in organizing and promoting this blood drive shows the IUPA staff that they want to give back to their communities and honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice," said Maj. Stephen Luce, director of the IU Police Academy. "It is critical that the recruits understand the human element of law enforcement and the impact that human element can have on their communities. Their involvement in the Indiana Fallen Officer Blood Drive is an example of just that."

The recruits prepared this video about the drive:

If they reach their goal, donors will have contributed more than 80 pints of blood during the drive.

To donate visit the parking lot next to the Indiana University Police Department-Bloomington at 1469 E. 17th Street from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday.

About the IU Police Academy

The IU Police Academy, which graduated its first class in 1972, is one of six satellite academies of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield and the only higher education-centric law enforcement academy in the U.S. The curriculum covers the 480 hours of topics mandated by the state, such as emergency vehicle operations and defensive tactics, but academies can add additional courses to reflect their priorities. IU's academy includes 615 hours of instruction. For IUPA, cultural diversity is important, as are new courses in fair and impartial policing, training for interacting with people having mental health crises, and an extensive de-escalation course called Integrating Communications, Assessment and Tactics.

Read more about the academy's revamped curriculum:

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