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San Francisco Police Department Holds Graduation Ceremony for New Recruits

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    The San Francisco Police Department held a graduation ceremony on Friday for the 248th Basic/30 Regional Academy Class. 

    Forty-five recruits graduated from the class, including three recruits who will serve in the Oakland Police Department.

    The academy class completed 32 weeks of training. The newly sworn SFPD officers will begin a 16-week field-training program at various district stations, and the OPD officers will return to Oakland for their own 16-week field-training program.

    Members of the class possess 19 Bachelors degrees, two Masters degrees and seven Associates degrees. Six have prior military service and two recruits are paramedics.

    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has vowed to make changes to some protocols within the police department, following the controversial police shootings of Mario Woods and Alejandro "Alex" Nieto. 

    Under the new reform package, these recruits -- and all existing officers -- will have training that is intended to reduce the need to draw a firearm. 

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