On Friday, December 14th at 12:00 noon, the Amarillo Police Department’s 82nd Police Academy class will graduate. The police recruits completed 1,088 hours of police training since beginning the academy on June 7th, 2012. During the training, the officers tested for and obtained their Texas Basic Peace Officer’s Certification before continuing into more hours of department-specific training. Their academy training covered a wide range of topics including emergency vehicle operation, departmental rules and regulations, penal code, juvenile, and traffic related laws, search and seizure law, accident investigation, criminal investigation, collection of evidence, accident investigation, defensive tactics, and report writing. The graduation ceremony will take place in the Grand Plaza of the Amarillo Civic Center. City of Amarillo Municipal Court Judge Sonja Letson will swear in the 11 new officers at the graduation ceremony. The new officers will be assigned to Uniform Division and will continue their training while riding with and being evaluated on a daily basis by a field training officer for the next four months. During this training, the officers will demonstrate the ability to perform over 900 police tasks. The Amarillo Police Department’s authorized strength is 345 sworn officers. The graduation of the 82nd Academy brings department strength up to 334. The 83rd Amarillo Police Academy, consisting of 11 recruits, began 12-6-2012.