St. Louis police cadets graduate from academy

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - Gun violence in the city has not kept young men and woman from signing up for the St. Louis Police Academy. Nearly three dozen police recruits officially became city officers Thursday night at the Chase Park Plaza in the Central West End.

It has been a tough few months for officers in the region and around the nation. A number of high-profile incidents have led to demonstrations against police officers and heavy criticism of law enforcement procedure.

Even after the U.S. Justice Department declared the Michael Brown shooting justified, the protesting has not stopped. But the increased scrutiny against police officers is not keeping people from applying to the police academy; quite the contrary.

Thirty-four men and woman were sworn in as St. Louis police officers after 30 weeks of intense physical and academic training at the academy.

These young recruits are ready to begin protecting the streets of St. Louis, and say events in recent months made them want to be officers that much more.

After a night of celebrating with family and friends, these newly minted officers begin their assignments Friday morning. It will mostly be an orientation, as they get to know their assigned precincts and officers in charge.