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Police recruits sweat the details

Academy trains officers for 81 area departments

Zone 5 Police Academy cadets Joseph Lima, left, Charles Krasucki, Lucian Pitu, and Steven Novakovic, salute while lowering the American flag for the day at the Zone 5 Police Academy on Erie Boulevard in Schenectady Thursday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Zone 5 Police Academy cadets Joseph Lima, left, Charles Krasucki, Lucian Pitu, and Steven Novakovic, salute while lowering the American flag for the day at the Zone 5 Police Academy on Erie Boulevard in Schenectady Thursday.
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Sometimes it’s good to sweat the small stuff.

For recruits at the Zone 5 Law Enforcement Training Academy, it’s a really good idea to sweat the small stuff — all of the small stuff.

That includes a weed growing from a crack in the sidewalk outside the training facility on Erie Boulevard or a cigarette butt carelessly flicked at the building by a passing motorist. It means being acutely punctual, showing up five days ...

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