By Raetta Holdman

DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado State Patrol on Friday held a graduation ceremony for its latest class of graduates, and it took place at Red Rocks Amphitheatre for the first time.

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Like most things in 2020, the cadets found themselves in vastly different situations than they expected to be in when they started more than a year ago. Even with changes to learning, CSP Chief Col. Matthew Packard said their mission remains the same.

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“When people ask us what do you do for a living I say ‘I work for the Colorado State Patrol and I save lives.’ That’s what this organization is about,” Packard said.

The chief says the cadets are now joining a force where the members are willing to sacrifice their time with their families to work in some of the most extreme circumstances on Colorado’s roads and highways.

Raetta Holdman

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