Seventeen recruits graduated from the Allan Hancock College Law Enforcement Academy on Wednesday.
The recruits completed 850 hours of training, shot more than 35,000 rounds of ammunition, passed 26 written exams and 14 scenario exams, plus completed testing for arrest and control, physical training, report writing, and emergency vehicle operations.
“It was a very hard experience but it’s very fulfilling at the end to get here,” said graduate Flavio Vargas. “There’s still a long way to go in my career to take evil off the streets.”
According to the college, most of the graduates have already received employment with local law enforcement agencies.
This was the 116th class to complete the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
The graduation ceremony was held Wednesday morning at the college’s Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc.