Meet your newest KCPD officers. They had their badges pinned on last night at the Police Academy graduation and swore to uphold local, state and federal laws. These 28 men and women are Kansas City's 140th Entrant Officer Class. They range in age from 22 to 44. There are seven women, 21 men, and 10 are ethnic minorities. Their class was funded as part of the federal COPS Hiring Recovery Program grant we received last year.
These officers now begin their probationary break-in period. They will spend the next eight weeks with a field training officer learning to apply their academy training to real-world policing on the streets of Kansas City. After their first six months, a review board will decide whether they can come off probation to become full-fledged officers.
I look forward to seeing what these new officers can do. One of them could one day have my job.
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