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Amanda Covington receives her badge and a hug from mom Debbie LaPorte as dad Joseph LaPorte waits his turn at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown. The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training. Chief Mark Mew, left, encouraged graduates to "stay humble and stay teachable," and reminded them that community trust is vital. "Each of you now represents all of us," he said. City manager George Vakalis, back center, thanked the graduates "for coming to serve in the finest department in the United States."
Erik Hill
City manager George Vakalis addresses the class at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training. Vakalis thanked the graduates "for coming to serve in the finest department in the United States."
Erik Hill
Valedictorian Mischa Carlson receives his badge from mom Barbara Carlson at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown. The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training. Chief Mark Mew, back left, encouraged graduates to "stay humble and stay teachable," and reminded them that community trust is vital. "Each of you now represents all of us," he said. City manager George Vakalis, back right, thanked the graduates "for coming to serve in the finest department in the United States."
Erik Hill
Officer Ken Evans delivers the keynote address at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Nicholas Degnan receives his badge and a kiss from wife Brooke at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Valedictorian Mischa Carlson addresses his classmates and attendees at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown. "Class 13-1, are you ready?," he yelled. All answered in the affirmative. The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Chief Mark Mew makes the mistake of asking how many class members were born after he joined the force in 1983 at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Proud parents Ruben and Zenaida Palugod stand onstage with Chief Mark Mew, son Joshua Palugod and city manager George Vakalis at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Aaron Richwine receives a badge and a hug at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Elizabeth Slagle receives her badge from daughter Madison, 4, and Officer Wendi Shackleford at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training. Chief Mark Mew, standing at left, encouraged graduates to "stay humble and stay teachable," and reminded them that community trust is vital. "Each of you now represents all of us," he said. City manager George Vakalis, standing at right, thanked the graduates "for coming to serve in the finest department in the United States."
Erik Hill
Adam Weinheimer receives his badge at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
District Court Judge J. Patrick Hanley administers the oath at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Deputy Chief Myron Fanning delivers closing remarks at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Amanda Covington receives her badge and a hug from mom Debbie LaPorte as dad Joseph LaPorte waits his turn at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown. The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training. Chief Mark Mew, left, encouraged graduates to "stay humble and stay teachable," and reminded them that community trust is vital. "Each of you now represents all of us," he said. City manager George Vakalis, back center, thanked the graduates "for coming to serve in the finest department in the United States."
Erik Hill
City manager George Vakalis addresses the class at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training. Vakalis thanked the graduates "for coming to serve in the finest department in the United States."
Erik Hill
Valedictorian Mischa Carlson receives his badge from mom Barbara Carlson at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown. The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training. Chief Mark Mew, back left, encouraged graduates to "stay humble and stay teachable," and reminded them that community trust is vital. "Each of you now represents all of us," he said. City manager George Vakalis, back right, thanked the graduates "for coming to serve in the finest department in the United States."
Erik Hill
Officer Ken Evans delivers the keynote address at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Nicholas Degnan receives his badge and a kiss from wife Brooke at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Valedictorian Mischa Carlson addresses his classmates and attendees at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown. "Class 13-1, are you ready?," he yelled. All answered in the affirmative. The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Chief Mark Mew makes the mistake of asking how many class members were born after he joined the force in 1983 at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Proud parents Ruben and Zenaida Palugod stand onstage with Chief Mark Mew, son Joshua Palugod and city manager George Vakalis at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Aaron Richwine receives a badge and a hug at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Elizabeth Slagle receives her badge from daughter Madison, 4, and Officer Wendi Shackleford at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training. Chief Mark Mew, standing at left, encouraged graduates to "stay humble and stay teachable," and reminded them that community trust is vital. "Each of you now represents all of us," he said. City manager George Vakalis, standing at right, thanked the graduates "for coming to serve in the finest department in the United States."
Erik Hill
Adam Weinheimer receives his badge at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
District Court Judge J. Patrick Hanley administers the oath at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Deputy Chief Myron Fanning delivers closing remarks at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Amanda Covington receives her badge and a hug from mom Debbie LaPorte as dad Joseph LaPorte waits his turn at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown. The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training. Chief Mark Mew, left, encouraged graduates to "stay humble and stay teachable," and reminded them that community trust is vital. "Each of you now represents all of us," he said. City manager George Vakalis, back center, thanked the graduates "for coming to serve in the finest department in the United States."
Erik Hill
City manager George Vakalis addresses the class at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training. Vakalis thanked the graduates "for coming to serve in the finest department in the United States."
Erik Hill
Valedictorian Mischa Carlson receives his badge from mom Barbara Carlson at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown. The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training. Chief Mark Mew, back left, encouraged graduates to "stay humble and stay teachable," and reminded them that community trust is vital. "Each of you now represents all of us," he said. City manager George Vakalis, back right, thanked the graduates "for coming to serve in the finest department in the United States."
Erik Hill
Officer Ken Evans delivers the keynote address at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Nicholas Degnan receives his badge and a kiss from wife Brooke at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Valedictorian Mischa Carlson addresses his classmates and attendees at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown. "Class 13-1, are you ready?," he yelled. All answered in the affirmative. The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Chief Mark Mew makes the mistake of asking how many class members were born after he joined the force in 1983 at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Proud parents Ruben and Zenaida Palugod stand onstage with Chief Mark Mew, son Joshua Palugod and city manager George Vakalis at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Aaron Richwine receives a badge and a hug at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Elizabeth Slagle receives her badge from daughter Madison, 4, and Officer Wendi Shackleford at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training. Chief Mark Mew, standing at left, encouraged graduates to "stay humble and stay teachable," and reminded them that community trust is vital. "Each of you now represents all of us," he said. City manager George Vakalis, standing at right, thanked the graduates "for coming to serve in the finest department in the United States."
Erik Hill
Adam Weinheimer receives his badge at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
District Court Judge J. Patrick Hanley administers the oath at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Deputy Chief Myron Fanning delivers closing remarks at the Anchorage Police Department Academy graduation ceremony in the Wilda Marston Theatre on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the Loussac Library in Midtown.The entire 16-member class completed academy training without attrition, and the officers now begin 14 weeks of field training.
Erik Hill
Alaska Dispatch