Bakersfield training academy graduates 34 new police officers

Bradley Vaughn, right, and his class graduate from the Bakersfield Law Enforcement Training Academy on Thursday at Centennial High School.

Bakersfield Police Department chiefs pinned badges Thursday on 34 new police officers, who graduated from a local training academy.

The Bakersfield Law Enforcement Training Academy ceremony came one day after the department laid to rest fallen Officer David Nelson, who died June 26 of injuries suffered during a vehicle pursuit.

The nearly two-hour event at Centennial High School in northwest Bakersfield alternated between boisterous and serious — but was overwhelmingly joyous for more than 100 friends and relatives of the new officers, 32 of whom will join BPD.

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