JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Jackson Police Department held a graduation ceremony for its next recruit class.
The 62nd Recruit Class and the 18th Basic Class graduated on Friday, May 21, at the Police Training Academy.
Leaders said 10 new officers joined the force.
Corp. Loris Taylor with JPD said smaller classes have their benefits. “The smaller classes give us more one on one training but we would like to see bigger classes. For individuals looking for employment, our job has great security. There’s always going to be a need for first responders.”
Officer Samantha Addison said that as a woman, and a woman of color, she is looking forward to being able to set an example for her community. “The world needs to change and that starts with me and my other officers. Don’t give up 15 seconds before your miracle. Always see it through.”
Officer Jeffery Johnson said there were dozens of highs and lows, but the lows seem small in retrospect because of the comradery within the class. “We didn’t come here to be at a daycare center. We had some great instructors that really, really know what they’re doing. They know their job they know the muscles to make hurt… and they appropriate time to make them hurt!”