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18 Graduate HCC's Inaugural Police Academy Class

"It's kind of a cliche when you ask somebody why do you want to be a cop, they say to help people but with what I've taken the academy you really are in a position to help people," said Deputy Christopher Everitts.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- Friday morning, 18 cadets graduated from Hagerstown Community College's police academy. Family, friends and local law enforcement officials gathered on campus to welcome the newest members to the force.

These 18 cadets are the first graduates of Hagerstown community college's police academy.

"We're looking forward to seeing them all out in the community, doing their job, protecting and serving," said Allison Albinski, Academy Associate.

"I'm excited. I'm nervous, starting a whole new chapter but I'm very excited," said Officer Kristin Craft, graduate who's joining the Hagerstown Police Department.

It's a partnership between the college, Hagerstown Police Department and Washington County Sheriff's Office that's training cadets for entry level positions in Maryland.

"Because before it was here at the college there was a three year void and some of the officers, like a from Garret County had to go to Salisbury to get entry level training," said John King, Director of HCC's Police Academy. "So we think it meets a regional need and a professional need to provide high quality training."

These cadets are now officers and deputies who will be joining their respective law enforcement agencies in the Maryland area, including our very own Hagerstown Police Department and Washington County Sheriff's Office.

"First class, ah, feels like a proud parent, glad to see them graduate and glad to see them out the door. But no, we're very proud of them," said King.

And the graduates are ready to help their community.

"It's kind of a cliché when you ask somebody why do you want to be a cop, they say to help people but with what I've taken the academy you really are in a position to help people. You're a doctor a lawyer, a nurse a tow truck driver, you can be all that for anybody who needs it. So it's a great position to be in," said Deputy Christopher Everitts, graduate who's joining the Washington County Sheriff's Office

Hagerstown Community College will offer the police academy twice a year. The next session starts on January 2, 2014. For more information about the program, email policeacademy@hagerstowncc.edu or check out their website: http://www.hagerstowncc.edu/police-academy

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