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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Salt Lake City Police force grew by 12 officers Thursday.
After 21 weeks of rigorous training, the 12 men graduated from the city's Police Academy, which presented the recruits for inspection and the oath of office.
The loved ones of these new officers had the honor of pinning their new badges onto their new uniforms at a graduation ceremony Thursday morning.
Those badges were earned after hard work in physical and firearms training as well as learning all the laws and procedures of Salt Lake City.
"They have gone through a tremendous amount," Police Chief Chris Burbank said. "Our training staff does a pretty good job of making sure that there's not a moment of free time in those 21 weeks."
And it's not quite over yet. For the next 14 weeks, the new policemen will be in officer training.