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Atlanta Police Department welcomes 29 new officers

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Chris Peters/CBS Atlanta- 26 men and three women were sworn in as new Atlanta police officers Tuesday night. Chris Peters/CBS Atlanta- 26 men and three women were sworn in as new Atlanta police officers Tuesday night.
ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA/AP) -

The Atlanta Police Department has welcomed 29 new officers.

A graduation ceremony was held Tuesday evening at Atlanta City Hall for 26 men and three women who have completed 22 weeks of training at the Atlanta Police Academy and field training with veteran officers.

The training for Class #225 included classroom courses in constitutional law, local and state laws, department policy and procedure, defensive tactics, arrest techniques and daily physical fitness.

The keynote speaker for the evening was Russ Hardin, president of the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation.

Fourteen new members of the Citizens Police Academy also graduated Tuesday. The Citizens Police Academy educates Atlanta residents on the department's operations while also getting feedback from them to enhance police and community relations. It involves 30 hours of instruction.

The Atlanta Police Department is the largest law enforcement agency in Georgia, with more than 2,000 officers.

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