Academy training for recruit officers lasts for 28 weeks. MPD recruit officers complete a full program of physical endurance training, classroom training, and firearms training to prepare them for the challenges of being a police officer. The subjects covered include laws of arrest, search and seizure, criminal law, traffic regulations, human relations, community policing, and ethics. In addition, recruit officers receive skills training in operation of emergency police vehicles, self-defense, advanced first aid, and much more. MPD officers serve an 18-month probationary period, which includes the 28 weeks spent in the Metropolitan Police Academy.