GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Officer Sean Considine felt all sorts of emotions as he crossed the stage Friday morning.
"Relief that we accomplished this, it was a long journey. Excitement to go and begin my career, a little bit of sadness in not seeing these people on a regular basis," said Officer Sean Considine of the Chadron Police Department.
He and his forty classmates were tested physically and emotionally over the course of the past three plus months.
They studied a variety of topics, including legal concepts, patrolling and officer survival and officer investigations to name a few.
Retaining information is crucial.
"They have to pass each exam. If they don't pass each exam they get one re-take and if they don't pass the re-take they go home. We want to make sure they know everything well before they go out and do the job," said Brenda Urbanek, the interim director of the law enforcement training center.
Classroom learning is only one element of the process.
"There's a list of tasks, from dragging a 180 pound dummy, to pushing a car, to climbing over a wall, different things they have to demonstrate they can do," said Urbanek.
Now that they have passed the test, officers plan on making an impact right away.
"As a person I'm trying to do what's right and trying to help people. I think the people I graduated with are all trying to make a difference and be positive influences in people's lives," said Officer Considine.