March 16, 2023
SPD Graduates 18 Officers from 76th Police Academy
Springfield, Mo. – The Springfield Police Department will graduate 18 police recruits from the 76th Police Academy tomorrow, March 17, at 7 p.m., at East Sunshine Church of Christ, 3721 E. Sunshine St.
The Springfield Police Academy includes 1,110 hours of intense law enforcement training, over 27 weeks, which this class of recruits began in September, 2022. After graduation, recruits are assigned to an experienced field-training officer (FTO) for the next 13 weeks for an additional 520 hours of on-the-job training. Once they complete the FTO program, the new officers are assigned to solo patrol duties in the Uniform Operations Bureau.
The graduates of the 76th academy include 15 men and three women with a variety of educational backgrounds and work experience, including the military, law enforcement and the fire service.
The ceremony will be livestreamed on CityView and on the Springfield Police Department’s Facebook beginning at 7 p.m.
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Media Contact: PAO Cris Swaters