The Grand Prairie Police Department graduated the first class from its inaugural Police Academy during ceremonies on Feb. 1, 2013.
The 10 recruits graduated after successfully completing the 28-week police academy operated by Grand Prairie Police personnel. Previously, the department sent its recruits to regional police academies. Four in-state police officers with prior experience have already graduated the abbreviated, eight-week lateral academy.
"Our in-house academy is not only cost effective but allows us to begin teaching our specific Grand Prairie Police Department expectations, philosophies and standards from day one," Grand Prairie Chief of Police Steve Dye said. "We are excited to present a group of graduates who have been thoroughly trained and equipped in the community that they are now committed to protect and serve."
This first class of graduating recruits was narrowed down from a pool of more than 260 applicants. The next academy is set to begin June 2013.