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Middletown – Waterford, Norwich and Clinton are among the local police departments who will gain newly-trained officers with the graduation Wednesday of the 344th Recruit Class of the Police Officer Standards and Training Council.
The class roster includes 50 police officers representing 27 municipal police departments, as well as the state Department of Motor Vehicles and the Capitol Police, according to a statement from the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
The recruits have completed an 880-hour basic training curriculum at the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden, encompassing academic and practical skills, firearms, defensive tactics, patrol driving, penal code, motor vehicle law, laws of arrest, search and seizure and a host of other topics, according to the statement.
Most will return to their respective departments for the start of field training.
The graduation ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. tonight at the Mercy High School Auditorium at 1740 Randolph Road in Middletown.