Making Cops: The Dallas Police Academy
September 8, 2017
by Jerome Sessini
On July 7th, 2016 five police officers were ambushed and killed in Dallas during a Black Lives Matters rally that was organized in protest to recent killings by police in other states. The shooting ranks among the largest number of police killed in a single incident in U.S. history.
In October 2016, Magnum photographer Jerome Sessini was granted access to photograph the incoming class of newest recruits to the Dallas Police Department. He was allowed to document the 29 members of Class #353 during three separate visits. His coverage included the recruits' first introduction to firearms, classes on racial profiling and criminal procedure, Spanish lessons, violent felonies in the act apprehension, firearms training scenarios, burglary and building searches, and tactical police driving course high speed driving scenarios.
He returned in May, 2017 to photograph the class's final training and graduation. For Jerome, this is a long term project and he plans to follow up with the members of Class # 353 in the coming months and years to see how their lives as police officers are unfolding.
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