The term "rookie cop" has taken on new meaning, according to
an investigation by The Associated Press.
The AP reported
that counties and cities in at least 30 states allow newly hired officers to
hit the streets with a gun and badge - but with little or no training.
Some states, including Wisconsin and Mississippi, leave
rookies on the street for up to two years before requiring them to attend a
An untrained officer in Mississippi is being sued for $2
million for holding a gun to an unarmed student's head, and an Illinois family
won a multi-million-dollar lawsuit after an untrained rookie officer ran into
an SUV during a car chase, killing the driver.