The Police Academy will begin accepting law school graduates at the beginning of the next academic year, as it moves to phase out high school diploma holders, according to a well informed source. While the political impetus behind the decision is not clear, and although it does not address broader concerns regarding Egypt’s police force, reform advocates offer tentative approval, suggesting it may be a step in the right direction.
Under current regulations, training in the Police Academy takes place over four years in a largely isolated setting, with many recruits coming directly from high school.
According to the source, who spoke to Mada Masr on condition of anonymity, the changes being implemented will kick off a maximum two-year transitional period, pending approval of further amendments. By the academic year 2021/2022, the academy will no longer accept candidates from its current primary pool: high school graduates. Instead, it will only accept candidates who hold law degrees from Egyptian universities.
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