LOMPOC, Calif. - It is graduation week at the Allan Hancock College Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc.
18 recruits from the class of #118 graduated from Allan Hancock College’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy on Tuesday.
The graduating recruits gathered with their friends and families to celebrate the completion of the challenging 21-week academy, which prepared the group to enter careers as peace officers. Nearly all of the recruits have already been hired by local law enforcement agencies.
“This is the core of what we do as a community college. We proudly train our public servants,” said Hancock Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D. “These are the people who you want to be there to help you on your very worst day.”
In order to graduate, the recruits were required to successfully pass Hancock’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy. The academy is a California Peace Officer Standards and Training course consisting of 830 hours of instruction.
During the academy, the recruits received training in several aspects such as; community policing, search and seizure, firearms, ethics, investigation procedures, patrol techniques, arrest and control, physical training, CPR/First Aid, emergency vehicle operations and other important skills.
Each recruit shot thousands of rounds of ammunition, passed multiple written exams and ran more than 216 miles as part of their academy training.