It was a big day as 14 recruits graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and became full-fledged troopers for the Maine State Police.
Col. John Cote said the graduation was significant for all Mainers.
"It really is key because I think they need to know the commitment that we have to make sure we have the right people in these uniforms. Not just skills, but again the right hart the right attitude and the right motives of why they're seeking to be a law enforcement officer," Cote said.
Through the rigorous 28-week training process, the former cadets said they gained valuable skills and learned what it really meant to be a Maine state trooper.
"I learned a lot about my self, mental toughness. I've learned the different things that I need in order to survive on the road. I learned teamwork and being able to care of not only myself and everybody else," Trooper Dezarae Fillmyer said.
Now that the process is over Fillmyer said the new troopers are looking forward to one thing.
"Getting out there and starting on the roads, making connections with different people and doing my job," Fillmyer said.