May 24, 2012 — The Salt Lake City Police Department’s Police Academy will present 11 recruits for inspection and the oath of office at a graduation ceremony tomorrow morning.
“These new recruits are a fine example of where the Police Department is headed,” said Chief Chris Burbank. “Peace officers in the 21st century must not only respond to emergencies but also work with the community to address the root causes of crime and keep the peace. It’s when we work together that we are most successful, and that’s what I expect of our officers,” he added.
Recruit Class #129 is comprised of 11 recruits, one of which is a Salt Lake City fire investigator who now will have police powers. Tomorrow’s graduation ceremony marks the completion of 21 weeks of training. Beginning Monday they will embark on 14 weeks of field training with veteran officers in order to be certified for solo patrol.
The graduation ceremony begins with the Inspection of Graduates by Chief Burbank and Chief Cook at 9 a.m., followed by the oath of office, badge pinning and issuance of certificates, and awards for physical fitness, top gun, academics, and overall achievement.
Chris Burbank, Salt Lake City Chief of Police
Kurt Cook, Salt Lake City Fire Chief
Graduation of Recruit Class #129
Friday, May 25, 2012
1040 W. 700 S.
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
NOTE: The media is welcome to attend part or all of the graduation ceremony. New officers will be available for interviews at the conclusion of the program (approximately 10:30 a.m.).