There are a new set of graduates from the Amarillo Police Academy.
According to the Amarillo Police Department, the 92nd session of the APD Academy graduated on Wednesday, June 20th. The ceremony for the graduates was held at the Amarillo Civic Center, with Mayor Ginger Nelson delivering remarks, Chief Ed Drain presenting badges and Judge Laura Hamilton administering the oath of office. Family members had the opportunity to pin the newly issued badges onto their graduates.
All six graduates of the academy have completed 1,113 hours of training since beginning the academy in December. Officers passed the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Basic Proficiency Certification test and completed a series of advanced courses. Officers also learned information on topics such as emergency vehicle operation, report writing, constitutional rights, traffic law, and other rules and regulations.
The newly graduated officers will be assigned to the APD Uniform Division, where they will continue training under the supervision of a Field Training Officer for four months. They will be evaluated on a daily basis.
Several awards were also presented on Wednesday to certain graduates. According to APD, Kristin Zelenevskiy received the J.T. Carver Award for highest final overall grade point average. Gentry Giles claimed the plaque as “Top Shooter” award for firearms training and Armando Rueda was recognized with the Fitness Instructor’s Award.
For more information, please visit police.amarillo.gov.