Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - One of the largest classes ever graduated this month from the Alaska Public Safety Academy.
The 39 officers are ready to go to work patrolling streets and performing law enforcement duties across the state.
Governor Mike Dunleavy congratulated the class for its accomplishments, "Your willingness to serve others does not go unnoticed. Thank you for your commitment to protect and serve Alaskans all over the state, I look forward to seeing the good work you do in our communities."
Each recruit was able to complete over 1,000 hours of training during the 16-week course.
The recruits work on various law enforcement related topics, physical fitness, and other training to prepare them for the job.
Public Safety Commissioner Amanda Price said the recruits will work for Alaska State Troopers and various police departments across Alaska. "The Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy graduates the finest peace officers in the country with the help of some of the best instructors and support staff in the state. The world-class training that these graduates received will prepare them to save lives, apprehend criminals, and console victims."
22 of the recruits will train for another couple of weeks before joining Alaska State Troopers.
New police officers in Southeast Alaska include Mitchell Boord of the Sitka Police Department, Benjamin Botts of the Ketchikan Police Department, and Max Jusi of the Haines Borough Police Department.