50 new police officers will soon be on patrol in Maine.
It was graduation day at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.
The graduates include new members of the Old Town, Orono and Bangor Police Departments. They just completed 18 weeks of training.
12 new state troopers were also among today’s graduates.
Many of the new officers will begin working immediately in time to bolster patrols for Christmas and New Year’s.
Photojournalist Jacob Staples captured the sights and sounds of the graduation.