There's alot more to a Police Academy than just training. Academy is 2 things. 1, basic training, anything one could get out of a book. 2, a chance for senior cadre to size up potential Police Officers. One thing Police Academys do is weed out the ones that will eventually fail, cause problems, not have the right makeup for the field. For the most part, the pissing on each other's academys, is due to how much cadre screwed with cadets. The more presure you get without folding the better you deal in the field. There's the competition. Your absolutly correct about Academys stretching out the term but that is management making those decisions, not the guys running the academy.