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On April 1, 2016, the Mesquite Police Department (MPD) graduated 14 recruits from its Basic Police Officer Course (BPOC) class. Only four percent of the 2,643 law enforcement agencies in Texas have a training academy. MPD has graduated 37 recruits from its BPOC since the training academy began in 2013.
The 14 recruits completed 25 weeks of the BPOC program. They will now begin a 17-week field training program. Upon successful completion of the field training program the new police officers will be assigned to patrol duties.