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90th Session of Amarillo Police Academy Graduates

The 90th session of the Amarillo Police Academy has officially wrapped up as APD has graduated new officers.

The six new officers have completed 1,113 hours of police training since beginning the academy in December of 2016. The first phase of the academy gave officers the knowledge to pass the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Basic Proficiency Certification. Following the first phase officers then continued to more advanced courses. Officers were trained in various subjects including: emergency vehicle operation, report writing, Department rules and regulations, constitutional rights, criminal and traffic law, search and seizure, procedural justice, de-escalation training, criminal investigation, mental health crisis intervention, mechanics of arrest, and self-defense.

During the graduation ceremony for the new officers, Mayor Ginger Nelson delivered remarks and municipal court Judge Sonya Letson administered the oath to the officers.

The new officers have been assigned to the uniformed division.

Photo by APD

Photo by APD

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