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Largest recruitment class in the Fargo Police Academy's history graduates

Twenty two members of Fargo's Police Academy are graduates, and 15 of them got to work right after being sworn in.

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A Fargo Police Academy graduate shaking hands with some of his instructors.
Mike McGurran / WDAY News
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FARGO — It was a full house in the commission chambers at Fargo City Hall Monday morning, Aug. 8, with friends and family of the graduates watching the ceremony.

Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski says the 17 men and five women graduating are the largest recruitment class in the Fargo Police Academy's history.

"What you've done is really an extraordinary transition that some of you may have initially questioned," Chief Zibolski said to the graduates. "Can I do this, can I do what it needs to take to be a law enforcement officer? It takes commitment, perseverance and sacrifice."

In addition to remarks from the chief, the graduates listened to remarks from fellow graduate Richard Hughes, and closing remarks were given by Sergeant Travis Berger, one of the academy's instructors.

"As I address you this last time as graduates of class three, I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude," said Berger. "We as instructors had a lot of expectations for you in the last twelve weeks."

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