SANTA MARIA Eighteen recruits will graduate from the Allan Hancock College’s Law Enforcement Training Academy Thursday, according to a press release from Hancock College.
The graduates completed the academy’s 21-week California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) course consisting of 850 hours of instruction.
“That included training in community policing, search and seizure, firearms, ethics, investigation procedures, patrol techniques, arrest and control, physical training, CPR/First Aid and emergency vehicle operations,” said Hancock College spokesperson Chris McGuinness.
The ceremony for class #117 will take place at The Allan Hancock College Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc at 10 a.m. Thursday.
All 18 academy graduates have been hired by area law enforcement departments, according to Mr. McGuinness. The departments include Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria, as well as the San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County sheriff’s offices.
Allan Hancock College Trustee Daniel Hilker will deliver the graduation’s keynote address. Hilker is a retired UCSB police officer and a former graduate of Hancock’s Law Enforcement Training Academy. Awards for leadership, academics, report writing, firearms and other achievements will be presented to graduating recruits during the ceremony.