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Salt Lake police recruits graduate from academy

Published: Thursday, May 30 2013 3:20 p.m. MDT

Cody Wilkes gets pinned with his badge by his wife, Maygon, during a graduation ceremony at the Salt Lake City Police Academy at the Pioneer Precinct in Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 30, 2013. Of the 13 recruits, two are firefighters with dual certifications as arson investigators. Beginning Monday, they will embark on 14 weeks of field training with veteran officers in order to be certified for solo patrol. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News) Cody Wilkes gets pinned with his badge by his wife, Maygon, during a graduation ceremony at the Salt Lake City Police Academy at the Pioneer Precinct in Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 30, 2013. Of the 13 recruits, two are firefighters with dual certifications as arson investigators. Beginning Monday, they will embark on 14 weeks of field training with veteran officers in order to be certified for solo patrol. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Thirteen new recruits for the Salt Lake City Police Department were honored Thursday at a graduation ceremony.

The recruits all completed the Salt Lake City Police Academy. They will now go through 14 weeks of Peace Officer Standards and Training as well as field training with veteran officers to be certified for solo patrol.

This recruiting class started with 15 applicants, with 13 completing training. Two of the people who completed the academy are certified firefighters who went through the course to become arson investigators. The group also includes five recruits with military experience and two with prior law enforcement experience. As a whole, the group of recruits can speak five languages, including Spanish, Japanese and Arabic.

All Salt Lake police recruits are "hired" prior to going through the academy, so jobs are waiting for them once they complete their training.

Thirteen recruits take the oath of office during a graduation ceremony at the Salt Lake City Police Academy at the Pioneer Precinct in Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 30, 2013. Of the 13 recruits, two are firefighters with dual certifications as arson investigators. Beginning Monday, they will embark on 14 weeks of field training with veteran officers in order to be certified for solo patrol. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News) Thirteen recruits take the oath of office during a graduation ceremony at the Salt Lake City Police Academy at the Pioneer Precinct in Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 30, 2013. Of the 13 recruits, two are firefighters with dual certifications as arson investigators. Beginning Monday, they will embark on 14 weeks of field training with veteran officers in order to be certified for solo patrol. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

— Pat Reavy

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