This graduating class also consists of one additional member, an Abilene Fire Department firefighter, a lieutenant, who will be commissioned as an arson investigator.
The class has completed over 900 hours of training in 26 weeks of intensive academic, physical and mentally challenging training.
The police cadets consist of 15 males and two females. Four are military veterans, including three retirees. All class members have taken and passed their Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) final examination. The police cadets will enter their next phase of training with their Police Training Officers while working the streets and neighborhoods of Abilene. This phase of training will take 15 weeks to complete.
Each class member will be sworn in as a licensed peace officer and have their badges pinned-on during the ceremony. The keynote speaker for the event is Mr. Dan Joiner, Assistant District Attorney for Taylor County.
This ceremony is open to the public as a part of honoring these men and women as they begin their careers as peace officers. The ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Bob & Shirley Hunter Welcome Center located off of North Judge Ely Boulevard on the campus of Abilene Christian University.