Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie swore in 56 new Las Vegas police officers Thursday at the department’s second academy graduation of the year.
The graduates completed nearly 30 weeks of training and nearly 50 tests. Capt. Michael Dalley spoke of the 1,000-plus hours of studying, 80 hours of physical training, 75 hours of defense tactics training and 5,000 push-ups the recruits had endured.
“Some of them many more (push-ups) than that,” he joked.
Of the 63 recruits who started the academy, 56 finished. More than a dozen had final test scores of 95 percent or higher, including one who scored nearly 99 percent.
Brennan Childers was chosen as the class speaker. A Las Vegas native, Childers graduated from Durango High School and earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree before following in his father’s footsteps and joining the academy.
His father wore badge number 414 when he joined Metro in 1968, an academy spokesman noted. Childers’ badge number is in the 14,000s.
On Wednesday, Metro hosted another graduation, this one for a special summer academy for the Explorers program. The Explorers program is meant to be a first step for 16- to 20-year-olds who want a career in law enforcement.