The Grand Junction Police Department has nine new employees and the Sheriff's Office has two as the Peace Officer Standards and Training program graduates its first class.
The ceremony was held at Mesa State College Tuesday afternoon. Students say it's a desire to protect and serve that's got them through the intensive 15–week program.
The Peace Officer Standards and Training Program or POST is offered through Western Colorado Community College, a branch of Mesa State.
The Police Department and the Sheriff's Office were instrumental in starting the program so that training would be available locally. Both agencies say the school is a step towards building a bigger pool of future officers.