Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - A full house is expected Friday afternoon at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Tribal Community House as 26 newly-minted law enforcement officers march across the stage to receive their badges.
The graduation ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m., will feature a mixed class of 12 Alaska State Troopers, an Alaska Wildlife Trooper, and recruits from several cities and borough police departments from around the state.
“Public safety has been priority number one for my administration,” said Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy. “I am proud to see a new class of law enforcement officers graduating today and deploying to every region of the state. These brave individuals have answered the call of service and sacrifice to protect their fellow Alaskans.”
Graduating recruits completed more than 1,000 hours of training over the course of 16 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.
“I want to join Alaskans statewide in congratulating this round of graduates from the DPS training academy,” said Department of Public Safety Commissioner Amanda Price. “The training they received will be of great value to them and their respective agencies as they selflessly serve the people of Alaska.”
Tomorrow’s rite signals the conclusion of the Alaska Law Enforcement Training Session 1902. The Alaska State Troopers will stream the ceremony Live on Facebook.