The Springfield Police Department is inviting the public to the graduation ceremonies for the 71st Springfield Police Academy.
The event will be held on Saturday, 11 a.m., at Parkcrest Baptist Church on West Republic Road.
There are 26 graduates in the class who have undergone 27 weeks of training. After the graduation ceremony, they will continue to have on-the-job training for 13 weeks with a field training officer.
There are 23 men and 3 women in the class. Thirteen of the graduates have college degrees and ten are current or prior military members.