The Baltimore County Police Department is scheduled to hold a graduation ceremony for its 119th recruit class Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson.
The department said the 44 recruits successfully completed 27 weeks of training at the county's police academy.
Patrick Bradley, executive director of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission, is set to give the keynote speech. Notre Dame Preparatory School is located at 815 Hampton Lane.
County Executive James T. Smith Jr. and police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan will present the diplomas and Judge Suzanne Mensh, clerk of Baltimore County Circuit Court, will administer the oaths of office, police said.
The training program, which police said is the longest in the state, includes an intensive study of practical exercises in police work, law, human relations and driving skills. After graduation, the recruits head into another eight weeks of field training with veteran officers.
Originally published June 15, 2005, 12:29 PM EDT