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Officers Graduate from Western Mass. Police Academy


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A graduation ceremony was held Friday at Springfield Technical Community College, but these weren’t your average students getting diplomas. They were police academy graduates.

One-by-one, the graduates of the police academy enter the auditorium hall at S.T.C.C. – fresh from 22 weeks of training that will get them ready for the streets of western Massachusetts.

“This is the first step in the process for them. I imagine as most for them return to their individual agencies they will embark on a field training program that will hone the skills that they received here at the academy,” explains Agawam Police Chief Eric Gillis.

Twenty-four graduates in all that will soon be put to work in cities and towns across the area.

Kirk Nichols of the Lee Police Department adds, “Its a fantastic experience. Its a lot of hard work and dedication. Even on your days off, you’re working for the academy to finally make it here is a great exciting experience.”

And the training is extensive. These graduates will have a full grasp of all facets of police work.

Gillis says, “They have a basic understanding of everything they are going to need to use in their time as police officers. They have recieved classes in defensive tactics, motor vehicle law, criminal procedure…all the various components of policing that we have today.”

“I’m a veteran. This is a great transition for me. This is exactly what I wanted to do as I left the military is still continue to help people, help the public, and really put myself out there for other people,” Nichols adds.

Most graduates will undergo field training at their respective police departments.

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