Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - At a graduation ceremony on Friday, 43 new law enforcement officers received their badges.
The ceremony was closed to the public, but those that are interested can watch a video recording on the Alaska State Troopers Facebook page.
"Congratulations to this newest group of law enforcement officers that graduated the Alaska Law Enforcement Academy today," said Governor Mike Dunleavy. "I want to express my gratitude for your commitment to serve and protect Alaskans across the state, and for the positive difference your service will make to future generations of Alaskans."
Graduating recruits completed more than 1,000 hours of training over the course of 17 weeks of basic Alaska Law Enforcement Training.
Schooling included intensive instruction in law enforcement-related topics, physical fitness, and many scenario-based exercises designed to prepare entry-level police officers and Troopers for successful careers in Alaska law enforcement.
Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Cockrell congratulated the officers.
"Today's Academy graduation marks another rollout of Alaska's highly specialized law enforcement officers due to their endurance through this intensive training. Through the Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy's demanding and refined skill of training, these officers will move forward, continuing to progress in their career through public service in all regions of Alaska."
Following graduation, 23 Trooper recruits will continue training at the academy for an additional week.
The "Trooper Basic" training includes tailored and advanced training in fish and wildlife investigations, boating safety, survival, commercial fisheries enforcement, search and rescue, and critical stress management. Recruits also participate in scenario-based training.
After completing "Trooper Basic", recruits will move toward their first duty assignments in either Fairbanks, Soldotna, or the Mat-Su Valley, and begin a 12-week Field Training and Evaluation Program.
All Trooper recruits are expected to develop to perform all law enforcement functions independently. Upon their success, the Trooper recruits will then be promoted to the rank of Trooper after completion of a probationary period, generally 12 months from the start of the academy.
Graduates include: (Photo courtesy of Public Safety Academy)