The Austin Police Department (APD) will welcome 66 new officers during a graduation ceremony at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022. The Commencement ceremony for the 144th Cadet Class will take place at Great Hills Baptist Church - 10500 Jollyville Rd, Austin, TX 78759. It will be broadcasted live on ATXN, the City of Austin government access channel.
The graduating cadets, who will be commissioned during the ceremony, successfully completed a demanding 34-week training program. The training included legal issues, driving, crisis intervention training, community policing, leadership, defensive tactics and physical fitness.
During the ceremony, Chief of Police Joseph Chacon will administer the Oath of Office to the cadets. Awards presented during the ceremony will include Honor Cadet and Humanitarian Award.
The graduation ceremony will be provided as a pool feed from ATXN. Media that needs to plug into the live feed can do so at the City Hall Conference Room. There will not be access to film inside the ceremony.
Media is invited to conduct interviews at the ceremony at Great Hills Baptist Church. Cadets and other staff will be available to interview between 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Chief of Police Joseph Chacon will be available for interview at 12:45 p.m.
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