Lubbock police academy graduates sworn in as officers

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LPD Graduation 2021B

Please join us for today's graduation ceremony of Class 2021B as they embark on the newest chapter of their lives.

Posted by Lubbock Police Department on Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Six Lubbock police academy cadets stood on stage with their right hands up as they were sworn in by LPD Chief Floyd Mitchell as new police officers during a graduation ceremony at the Lubbock Civic Center.

The cadets were among 134 people who applied for the police academy.

A written entrance exam reduced that number to 85 and 54 passed the physical fitness test, said Lubbock police Sgt. Michael Sandoval.

Lubbock police academy graduates recite their oaths of office Wednesday during a graduation ceremony at the Lubbock Civic Center.
Lubbock police academy graduates recite their oaths of office Wednesday during a graduation ceremony at the Lubbock Civic Center.

A background investigation cut down the potential candidates to 19 and an oral interview board approved 12 to make up the LPD academy's second class of 2021, which started on July 5.

"That is 5 percent of the original candidates who applied for this position. This is a true testament of the character, work ethic, dedication and family support of these six young individuals," Sandoval said.

After being sworn in as officers, the cadets move on to field training, during which they will apply the skills they learned at the academy, Mitchell said.

He warned the new officers that this phase of their training has no clear solutions and will rely on their discretion.

Family members pin badges on their Lubbock police academy graduates during a ceremony Wednesday at the Lubbock Civic Center.
Family members pin badges on their Lubbock police academy graduates during a ceremony Wednesday at the Lubbock Civic Center.

"You will learn to use discretion and you will learn that not all or everyone needs to go to jail or to receive a ticket," he said. "You will learn to show compassion and meet people where they are in each and every encounter. You will be give the opportunity to connect with members of our community and demonstrate that you are invested in their safety and their well being."

  • Marco Gonzalez

  • Dylan Hand

  • Cameron Loewrigkeit

  • Cornelio Mendez

  • Reagan Southard

  • Austin Taylor

This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Lubbock police academy graduates sworn in as officers

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