The Drury University Law Enforcement Academy graduation took place tonight.
Twenty-four students graduated and received their Class-A Peace Officer License which will allow them to apply for jobs anywhere within the state of Missouri.
The students started their training at the Academy in early August attending at least 650 hours of instruction on firearms, defense tactics, investigations of crimes, and many other topics.
Academy Director Tony Bowers says they have all passed the state of Missouri post test and will now be seeking employment with local police and sheriff offices. Bowers says, "these men and women have put forth a lot of effort and a lot of money to become a police officer for the small communities that they'll be doing to and I feel they are very qualified to take those positions and help the general public."
Some students have already been offered jobs and were recognized at tonight's graduation.