New law-enforcement officers graduate to patrols

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Nearly 50 newly minted law-enforcement officers will be taking to the streets soon to help keep you safe.

Officers from law-enforcement agencies throughout the state just completed 19 weeks of training, culminating in Friday night's graduation ceremony at ASU Prep Academy in downtown Phoenix.

Neither the Department of Public Safety nor the Arizona State University Police Department has hired any new officers in almost five year.

The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board manages the training academies for Arizona's law-enforcement agencies, including the Basic Peace Officer Course, which is a minimum of 585 hours of mandated training.

"Trainees must successfully complete all of the academy requirements and pass a Comprehensive Final Examination to become AZPOST certified," reads the AZPOST website.

A total of 48 officers graduated.