The Lubbock Police Department has been looking to strengthen their force and on Friday they welcomed 12 new cadets. New cadets that will increase the number of men and women on the streets of Lubbock to better protect the city.
After 22 weeks of intensive academic and physical training, 11 men and one woman are now members of the Lubbock Police Department. "I just feel relieved that I got through it all and feel relieved to go on the streets and start my career," Paige Hall, one new cadet said.
The graduation is over and for the next 15 weeks, the cadets will hit the streets with a veteran officer to better learn the ropes. "Its a big step but obviously the hardest part is yet to come," said Billy Drumma, another new cadet.
"It's a good day, these 12 recruits have really been challenged. They've been challenged mentally and physically and they've all had their head in the game and they are going to be excellent police officers," said Lubbock Police Chief, Claude Jones.
Jones said the force is still four officers short and expecting three retirements this year. But another class is starting in July and they hope to add another dozen to the force. "Our numbers are growing so we'll have more visibility on the streets and I think it'll make our streets safer," says Chief Jones.
Chief Jones adds that overall the department is doing well, after a tough two years and major changes in command, things are running smoothly.
If you are interested in learning more about joining the police force you can call the academy at (806) 775-2962.