South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley will be the guest speaker at today’s graduation ceremony for the 190th session of the state Basic Law Enforcement Certification Course in Pierre.

The 42 recruits, who represent 28 different state and local law enforcement agencies, completed 13 weeks of 520 hours of coursework. The certification course is required for the students to become fully qualified law enforcement officers in South Dakota.

Graduates are required to complete coursework that includes instruction in the law, arrest control tactics, firearms, vehicle handling, and criminal investigations. 

Members of the 190th Basic Law Enforcement Certification Course include Andrew Williams, of the Madison Police Department.