The Killeen Police Department will swear in its newest group of probationary officers this afternoon.

The new officers are graduates of the department's 20th police academy. According to KPD, this is the first time that the entire group of recruits made it all the way through the academy, and peace officer licensing exam.

That by no means indicates the hiring and training process is easy. The application to get into the academy alone is 22 pages. There's also a physical exam and a pretty rigorous interview process that includes a polygraph.

The academy is itself is sixth months long. Those who pass become probationary police officers.

You can find more information about KPD's hiring process here.

Look for a full story on the graduation in tomorrow's Killeen Daily Herald.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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