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Otero Law Academy Graduation

Take a look at these photos we've posted.

There are 109 photos of relief, success, joy, happiness, hope and more.

The 13 graduates endured long days and nights of training to enter a field that can be challenging on the best days. These cadets now must sit for an exam called the POST exam with nearly a hundred essay questions before they head off to their new jobs.

La Junta Police and the Bent County Sheriff's office will employ about half of this academy. Because Sheriff Jake Six would be getting the lion's share of the hires, Law Academy director Vince Fraker assigned him the job of being keynote speaker at Tuesday's graduation.

We hope you enjoy these memories of the day, posted in no particular order. Please share this link with anyone who would like to see them.

~Anne Boswell