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Less like boot camp? Connecticut mulls cop training changes

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut officials are being asked to consider removing a military mentality from police training in the state, a learning model aimed at improving public trust in law enforcement.

The recommendation is one of many in a new report to state lawmakers by a task force comprised of police officials, local politicians and academics. The panel says officials should consider training officers to be guardians rather than warriors.

Washington state trains officers with the ``guardian'' approach and says recruits can focus better on learning.

Some Connecticut police officials worry the method would ``soften'' police officers and put their lives at greater risk.

The legislature's public safety committee intends to hold a public hearing on the report. No date has been set.

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