COVID-19 Hits Basic Academy Trainees


June 18, 2020____

At the Frank Bland Regional Training Center in Devore, California two Basic Academy trainees showed symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and were both tested, on Monday, June 8, 2020. Tuesday, June 9, 2020, the test results indicated one of the two tested positive for the virus. Within 48 hours, all 160 trainees were tested for COVID-19. The Tuesday test results revealed 32 of the trainees were positive.

The Basic Academy has suspended in-person training and will conduct at least two weeks of remote/distance-based learning to allow the students to self-quarantine.

The Basic Academy is typically held at the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department - Frank Bland Regional Training Center in Devore, it is not a live-in academy, trainees return home every day. The Basic Academy was already operating on a modified training curriculum to comply with CDC guidelines. Two academy sessions are in progress at this time. 

The Senior Class began their training on January 21, 2020, at the training center. The Junior Class began training March 30, 2020, at an offsite facility. Every trainee from each of the two sessions, along with all of the academy staff, had their temperature taken every day.

After two weeks of normal temperatures and no signs of illness, the Junior Class was relocated to the training center where the Senior Class was already in session. Daily temperature checks for all trainees continued, and everyone was required to wear masks while on the premises. The facility was cleaned and disinfected throughout the day, and hand sanitizer was provided to each trainee. All, of the trainees who tested positive for the virus are being monitored by medical staff, however, most of them have mild to no symptoms. We will continue to follow the CDC recommended guidelines for the safety and welfare of everyone involved.    

This information was submitted by the San Bernardino County Sheriff PIO