JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Jackson Police Department celebrated the graduation of its 61st recruitment class on Friday.
“There were good times and bad times, but we came divided and left united,” said Joseph Green, a new member of the force.
The new class of officers endured eight weeks of training, finishing with 11 men and one woman. This is the second class to graduate in the last three months.
“I want to thank Mayor Lumumba for allowing us to have back to back police classes. As you know, we graduated a class December 4th, and now we’re graduating the 61st class today,” said Chief James Davis.
By graduating back to back classes, the chief said this will fill the remaining openings in the department.
“We’re budgeted for 352 and at the rate that we’re going we will fill all vacancies. We hear the cries of the citizens. The citizens want to see more police officers. So we’re aggressively pursuing that effort so we can put more officers on the street,” said Davis.
The next Jackson police recruiting class will begin in March.