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    First class graduates from Law Enforcement Council of Eastern CT

    Graduates take the Oath of Office during the Law Enforcement Council Eastern CT Police Academy graduation at Kelly Middle School in Norwich on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. Fourteen officers from East Lyme, Groton Town, Mashantucket Tribal, Montville, Newington, Norwich, Plainfield, Waterford and Wilimantic Police Departments graduated during the academy’s inaugural class. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Nrwich Police Department’s Cody Nichols is congratulated by his mother Laura-Belle Nichols following the Law Enforcement Council Eastern CT Police Academy graduation at Kelly Middle School in Norwich on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. Fourteen officers from East Lyme, Groton Town, Mashantucket Tribal, Montville, Newington, Norwich, Plainfield, Waterford and Wilimantic Police Departments graduated during the academy’s inaugural class. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Groton Town Police Departments Kyle Cipriano, right, reacts to being pinned by his girlfriend Manchester Police Officer Chantel Dumas during the Law Enforcement Council Eastern CT Police Academy graduation at Kelly Middle School in Norwich on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. Fourteen officers from East Lyme, Groton Town, Mashantucket Tribal, Montville, Newington, Norwich, Plainfield, Waterford and Wilimantic Police Departments graduated during the academy’s inaugural class. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    East Lyme Police Department’s XiaoChen Xu and other graduates salute the flag for the National Anthem during the Law Enforcement Council Eastern CT Police Academy graduation at Kelly Middle School in Norwich on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. Fourteen officers from East Lyme, Groton Town, Mashantucket Tribal, Montville, Newington, Norwich, Plainfield, Waterford and Wilimantic Police Departments graduated during the academy’s inaugural class. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Montville Police Department’s Bayron J. Mora Serna, center, and other graduates bow their heads for the invocation during the Law Enforcement Council Eastern CT Police Academy graduation at Kelly Middle School in Norwich on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. Fourteen officers from East Lyme, Groton Town, Mashantucket Tribal, Montville, Newington, Norwich, Plainfield, Waterford and Wilimantic Police Departments graduated during the academy’s inaugural class. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    East Lyme Police Deparrtment’s Ryan Kelly is pinned by family friend Retired New Haven Police Department Lt. Kevin Costin during the Law Enforcement Council Eastern CT Police Academy graduation at Kelly Middle School in Norwich on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. Fourteen officers from East Lyme, Groton Town, Mashantucket Tribal, Montville, Newington, Norwich, Plainfield, Waterford and Wilimantic Police Departments graduated during the academy’s inaugural class. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Newington Police Department’s Michael Moscicki cuts a cake during the Law Enforcement Council Eastern CT Police Academy graduation at Kelly Middle School in Norwich on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. Fourteen officers from East Lyme, Groton Town, Mashantucket Tribal, Montville, Newington, Norwich, Plainfield, Waterford and Wilimantic Police Departments graduated during the academy’s inaugural class. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Class Speaker Amanda Waffle, with the Plainfield Police Department, speaks during the Law Enforcement Council Eastern CT Police Academy graduation at Kelly Middle School in Norwich on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. Fourteen officers from East Lyme, Groton Town, Mashantucket Tribal, Montville, Newington, Norwich, Plainfield, Waterford and Wilimantic Police Departments graduated during the academy’s inaugural class. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Graduates get ready for their class photo during the Law Enforcement Council Eastern CT Police Academy graduation at Kelly Middle School in Norwich on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. Fourteen officers from East Lyme, Groton Town, Mashantucket Tribal, Montville, Newington, Norwich, Plainfield, Waterford and Wilimantic Police Departments graduated during the academy’s inaugural class. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Norwich Police Chief Patrick Daley, left, pins graduate Michael P. Bates during the Law Enforcement Council Eastern CT Police Academy graduation at Kelly Middle School in Norwich on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. Fourteen officers from East Lyme, Groton Town, Mashantucket Tribal, Montville, Newington, Norwich, Plainfield, Waterford and Wilimantic Police Departments graduated during the academy’s inaugural class. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police Department graduate David Ollerich applauds for a speaker during the Law Enforcement Council Eastern CT Police Academy graduation at Kelly Middle School in Norwich on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. Fourteen officers from East Lyme, Groton Town, Mashantucket Tribal, Montville, Newington, Norwich, Plainfield, Waterford and Wilimantic Police Departments graduated during the academy’s inaugural class. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Graduates turn to face their friends and families during the Law Enforcement Council Eastern CT Police Academy graduation at Kelly Middle School in Norwich on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. Fourteen officers from East Lyme, Groton Town, Mashantucket Tribal, Montville, Newington, Norwich, Plainfield, Waterford and Wilimantic Police Departments graduated during the academy’s inaugural class. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    The Multi-Agency Honor Guard processes into the auditorium during the Law Enforcement Council Eastern CT Police Academy graduation at Kelly Middle School in Norwich on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. Fourteen officers from East Lyme, Groton Town, Mashantucket Tribal, Montville, Newington, Norwich, Plainfield, Waterford and Wilimantic Police Departments graduated during the academy’s inaugural class. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Norwich ― Fourteen officers graduated during the Law Enforcement Council Eastern CT Police Academy’s first graduation ceremony at Kelly Middle School in Norwich on Wednesday. The first class of officers from the academy’s inaugural class came from from nine departments.

    The non-profit Law Enforcement Council of Connecticut received certification from the Police Officer Standards and Training Council in September of 2022 to open a satellite academy at the LEC’s offices at 11 Stott Avenue in Norwich and started classes this January.

    Law Enforcement Council Executive Director Wilfred “Bill” Blanchette III, a retired state police master sergeant, said the idea behind opening a new satellite academy was to provide more academy space to ensure local departments get their new hires trained on a timely basis.