Abilene Police Department’s 50th Graduating Class (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 02:00 (2428 days ago)

ABILENE, TX – Twenty-one cadets from the Abilene Police Department’s (APD) Police Academy will be graduating on July 27, 2012. With this exciting news comes a milestone because these cadets are the 50th class in the 50-year history of APD’s Police Academy. Along with this graduation ceremony, APD will also recognize 10 newly trained public safety dispatchers that have also completed their required training.

The dispatchers have completed approximately 264 hours of classroom training and 480 hours of on the job field training, a process that has taken a period of five to six months. Their four phases of training consisted of call take, fire dispatch, police service channel and police dispatch training. Regrettably, these dispatchers will not be in attendance at the graduation ceremony due to a shortage of public safety dispatchers and related scheduling issues. However, their hard-earned accomplishments will be highlighted in a video presentation that pays tribute to each of these dispatchers.

The cadets have completed 1,024 hours of training in 25 weeks of intensive academic, physical and mentally challenging training. Class 50 consists of one Abilene Fire Department firefighter, a lieutenant, who will be commissioned as an arson investigator. The police cadets consist of 18 males and two females. Two of the cadets are military retirees. Two of the graduating men, of which one is a twin, have brothers already serving as police officers at APD. All of the cadets have taken and passed their Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) final examination. The police cadets will enter their next phase of training with their Police Training Officers while working the streets and neighborhoods of Abilene. This phase of training will take 16 weeks to complete.

Each cadet will be sworn in as a licensed peace officer and have their badges pinned-on during the ceremony. A special video will also pay tribute to all previous police academies, which started in 1962. The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Kelvin Kelley, Associate Professor of Theology at Hardin Simmons University. This ceremony is open to the public and it is our privilege to honor these men and women as they begin their careers as peace officers and public safety dispatchers. The ceremony will begin at 7:00 P.M. in the auditorium of the Abilene Civic Center, with a reception to follow in the foyer.

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