The Rappahannock Criminal Justice Academy’s Class #163 graduated on Wednesday afternoon.
The 20 cadets officially became officers and deputies, walking across the stage of the UMW’s Dodd Auditorium in front of an audience that included family, friends and fellow officers. Each graduate greeted and shook the hands of the Academy’s nine member Executive Committee, a group that consists of various department chiefs, directors, sheriffs and superintendents from around the region.
Their accomplishment is the culmination of approximately 20 weeks of training with more than 150 different law enforcement instructors. The new officers and deputies will next head to law enforcement agencies around the area, including Spotsylvania, Stafford, Orange, King George, Westmoreland counties in addition to the city of Fredericksburg.
The Fredericksburg Police Department will welcome Officer Alexis McAfee and Officer Dylan Welch to the department. The new officers will receive several weeks of “Post-Academy Orientation” before beginning 13 weeks of on-the-job Field Training. All new officers with the Fredericksburg Police Department are assigned to the Patrol Division where they spend a minimum of one year.