NBC 7 has learned that the 127th and 128th classes of Miramar College’s public safety training program have been suspended following outbreaks of COVID-19 among its students and staff.
In a joint statement sent to NBC 7, the District of San Diego Community College and the San Diego Regional Public Safety Training Institute confirmed that as of July 24, a total of 23 recruits and four staff have tested positive for COVID- 19.
On July 24 and 25, two recruits from the academy’s 127th class and an academy staff member tested positive for the virus. Two other staff members developed symptoms but had not yet received test results.
As a result of this first cluster of cases, staff decided to suspend the 127th Academy from July 26 to August 9. On August 6, the decision was made to extend the suspension until August 16.
Over the following week, more recruits in the 127th class tested positive for the virus, but none developed serious complications and all are improving every day, said Jack Beresford, director of communications and communications. San Diego Community College District public relations.
The 128th class of the academy was due to start on July 26, after the 127th class had already been suspended. However, after the recruits only attended for six days, additional positive cases were reported among the second class of recruits, which led to their suspension from August 3 to 17.
A total of 215 recruits representing 15 different agencies within the region led by a team of 22 senior instructors make up the 127th and 128th regional academies.
The San Diego Police Department began training recruits in the Academy’s 127th class on April 26 at the city’s Police and Fire Department training center, located just west of the International Airport. from San Diego, but moved his instruction to the Miramar College site on June 28.
When staff are on site, temperature checks and health examinations are carried out, masks are mandatory inside all classrooms, and the emphasis is on vaccination. Staff also keep sections of the Academy separate from each other as much as possible according to the joint statement.
“We also called in a specialized disinfection team to clean the affected areas in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19,” the statement added.
Captain Wes Morris, who oversees the training academy, told NBC 7 that the academy does not require recruits to disclose their immunization status. Since they are recruits from various law enforcement agencies, they are hired based on the rules and regulations of those agencies.
NBC 7 has asked both the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to provide data on their vaccination rates among academy staff. However, we have not received a response.
Although classes at the academy are scheduled to resume on August 16, Morris told NBC 7 the date is not firm and it depends on the health of the recruits and staff. In the meantime, healthy recruits continue their physical training at home, receive study materials, and even take quizzes to keep up with the training regimen as much as possible.
The graduation of the two classes of recruits will be delayed by at least three weeks due to the outbreak.