VASSALBORO, Maine — Sixty-three law enforcement officials earned their badges Friday upon graduation from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

The officers spent 18 weeks studying and training, and most will start patrolling immediately with the Memorial Day holiday approaching, Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said.

Topics covered included crime scene processing, first aid, traffic and criminal law, emergency vehicle operation, domestic violence and sexual assault.

Gov. Paul LePage spoke at the graduation, offering the new officers encouragement.

“Always know that as governor, I support you and your leadership and know that you will make us all proud,” the governor said at the ceremony.

The graduates included 13 state trooper recruits, four new Maine Warden Service game wardens and two marine patrol wardens, McCausland said.

The new officers will continue training with county, state and municipal departments before patrolling on their own.

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