The Maine criminal justice academy celebrated their 33rd graduation ceremony.
A grueling eighteen week course filled with physical fitness tests, academics, and scenario based training.
Director of the Maine criminal justice academy John Rogers said "We have a lot of graduation standards here it's not like a regular collegiate type place where you have one academic standard. We have actually six individuals standards and each officer must pass all six to graduate."
Officers said it was difficult, but worth it in the end.
Chelsea Merry a Somerset county officer said "It wasn't always fun, but it was great training and it's something I wouldn't' trade anything for I wish it was longer."
Drew Bonick a southern Maine officer said "It was definitely tough. It feels amazing it's been a long eighteen weeks it's definitely gone by fast I'm happy to be graduated and looking forward to getting out there and working with the public."
Chief Tolan says it's always nice having fresh young faces join the profession. "I'm very proud of the young men that graduated for us looking forward to having them for a long time they've worked hard here at the academy."
Officers will be serving our communities right away.
"I'm going to be starting Saturday" said Bonick.
Most of them have wanted to be in law enforcement since a young age.
"Ever since I was sixteen I knew I wanted to be in law enforcement to help the community. I also have family in law enforcement so they encouraged me to go through the process and apply" said Bonick.
"I remember as a kids I saw an officer and I thought they were hero's I thought it was the most amazing thing ever and ever since then this is all I wanted" said Merry.