Recruits to graduate from SLC Police Academy

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(KSL News) Twenty-three recruits and 12 officers from the Salt Lake City Police Academy demonstrated their physical fitness with this early morning run on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.

The trail run is an annual rite of passage for classes leaving the academy.

These recruits graduate tomorrow.

"I'm excited to welcome 23 new officers to the police department," said Salt Lake City Police Chief Burbank. "The 100 percent graduation rate speaks highly of not only the recruits, but the instructors, as well."

The 21-week Police Academy trains and certifies new officers in a variety of subjects including: diversity, community policing, criminal law, firearms, defensive tactics, the use of Tasers and pepper spray, emergency vehicle operations, DUI enforcement, radar/laser enforcement and more.

Graduates now will enter the Field Training Officer Program and work with experienced officers for another 14 weeks. The FTO program is the final step toward being certified as a solo patrol officer and being assigned to a patrol division.

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