Atlanta Police Department Public Affairs
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The Atlanta Police Department Welcomes 31 New Police Officers
The Atlanta Police Department is proud to announce the graduation of Class #224 to be held in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.
The graduation ceremony concluded 22 weeks of rigorous training at the Atlanta Police Academy, along with field training with veteran officers. The training consists of classroom courses in constitutional law, local and state laws, Atlanta Police Department policy and procedure, hands-on defensive tactics, arrest techniques and daily physical fitness. Class 224 consists of 31 men and women.
Officer Marion Dukes is one of the graduates. Officer Dukes is a former NFL lineman with the Miami Dolphins whose career ended when he tore his hamstring. Even though he re-injured his leg during training, he was able to overcome the pain and finish the academy without a delay.
The keynote speaker for the ceremony is Mark Zimmerman, General Manager of the Georgia World Congress Center.
A full-service police agency, the Department has adopted a community-oriented philosophy and relies heavily upon community input and collaborative problem-solving strategies. It is through heightened community involvement in public safety matters that the Atlanta Police Department will most effectively address its many priorities, including, but not limited to youth-related crime, domestic violence and the perception of crime in Atlanta.
With an authorized strength of more than 1,959 sworn officers, the Atlanta Police Department is the largest law enforcement agency in the State of Georgia, and a dedicated, high-profile force for positive change in our communities.
The mission of the Atlanta Police Department is to reduce crime and promote the quality of life, in partnership with our community.