Twelve Graduates Become W.F. Police Officers

The City of Wichita Falls will soon have several new officers on the streets to protect and serve.

Although 12 officers graduated during this morning's 65th Police Academy Graduation Class at Memorial Auditorium, only ten will hit the streets this weekend for several months of field training.

Two of the graduates are enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and have the opportunity to join once they finish serving.

But all were happy for this day after 24 grueling weeks of earning the right to wear the badge.

"Very rigorous workouts demanded a lot of us physically. Mentally we were tested every week. Had a lot of studying. A lot of studying. So, we had a lot of study groups and if we weren't studying or working out we were resting and recuperating for the next day," says academy graduate Officer Eron Awakuni.

WFPD's 65th graduating class does not include any women but Chief Manuel Borrego says the department is modifying its physical training requirements so more are able to pass that section.

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