The Roswell Police Department had four of its newest officers graduate from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe Nov. 16. The graduation ceremony featured a total of 57 police cadets from 27 agencies throughout the state.
RPD’s state academy graduates are, left to right with Deputy Chief Brad McFadin in center, Chance Cavin, Garrett Dollar, Daniel Montejano and Brandon Stroud.
The RPD members and other graduates are now fully commissioned New Mexico law enforcement officers. The officers completed the 16-week training during which each completed about 650 hours of police-officer course work on topics such as state and federal case law, crisis resolution, ethics, community policing and many other areas of study. During their time at the academy, each cadet also was tested physically, running some 200 miles and completing thousands of push-ups, sit-ups and other exercises.