Bakersfield Police Department graduation held

In this picture taken Thursday August 9, 2018 a Chief Lyle Martin and other officials with the Bakersfield Police Department are posing with an officer joining the department. (KBAK/KBFX)

The Bakersfield Police Department welcomed 18 new officers to its ranks today.

Today's graduating class started with 31 recruits.

During the graduation ceremony, Chief Lyle Martin told graduates that while their training was done, the hard work is only just beginning.

This was the department's 23rd academy graduation.

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