AMARILLO -- Today at noon, the Amarillo Police Department’s 84th Police Academy class graduated 12 new officers.
The graduation ceremony took place in the Grand Plaza of the Amarillo Civic Center. City of Amarillo Municipal Court Judge Sonja Letson swore in the new officers.
The officers completed 1,113 hours of police training since beginning the academy back in May of this year. In the course of 27 weeks of training, recruit officers passed the Texas Basic Peace Officer’s Certification test before continuing with additional and department-specific training.
APD Academy training covers a variety of subjects including emergency vehicle operation, report writing, department rules and regulations, criminal, juvenile, and traffic law, search and seizure, criminal investigation, evidence collection, mental health crisis intervention, mechanics of arrest, and self-defense.
These officers will be assigned to Uniform Division and will continue their training under the direct supervision of Field Training Officers for the next four months, rotating through each shift. During field training, they are evaluated on a daily basis. The field training period is used to document training and knowledge of over 900 police tasks.
The Amarillo Police Department’s authorized strength is 358 sworn officers. The graduation of the 84th Academy brings department strength up to 341. The 85th Amarillo Police Academy, with 21 recruits, started classes this morning.
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