Part Five: New Police Officers & Deputies Graduate from Academy

Part Five: New Police Officers & Deputies Graduate from Academy

"You have an experience of a lifetime. That's what the academy is. That's what it affords you, and you grow as a person."
FREDERICK, Md. - The long-awaited day for 10 new police officers and deputies finally came on Friday. The group graduated at the Weinberg Center in downtown Frederick after making it through the grueling police academy.

WHAG has been following the group over the past seven months. We were there on first day of the academy and attended the graduation ceremony in part five of our series.

Sara Evans was beaming with joy. She's among nine new people to get sworn in at graduation.

"I'm truly excited to be here and honored to be wearing this uniform and standing with my classmates," Evans said.

This moment comes after all kinds of physical and mental challenges at the police academy.

"When they graduate from this academy, they've obtained and gone through 1,180 hours of instruction. That's just during the classrooms. There's multiple hours of studying, continuous training, and development when they're at home," said Lt. Clark Pennington, with the Frederick City Police Department.

The new police officers and deputies walked through the front door of the academy almost seven months ago. That time has been both rigorous and challenging. They say they're definitely ready for graduation and to hit the streets protecting the community.

"It's kind of bittersweet. We've all grown really close over the past seven months, made some really good friends, but I'm excited to graduate and to get on the street," said Ofc. Eric Morton, who will work for the Frederick City Police Department.

Other new police officers say they couldn't have gotten to this moment without the support of their families.

"It's a little overwhelming actually. It's exciting. I'm really excited to get to work on Tuesday. Really today is about about my classmates, as well as my family. They've been a huge support system throughout this entire process," said Ofc. Derek Inman, who's also working for the Frederick City Police Department.

Evans said she will always remember her time in the academy.

"You have an experience of a lifetime," Evans said. "That's what the academy is. That's what it affords you, and you grow as a person."

From scared faces at the first day of class back on April 1st to standing on the stage at graduation, the new police officers and deputies have come a long ways. They're proud of what they've made it through and eager with anticipation of what their careers will be like protecting the communities and people they've grown to love.

The new police officers and deputies will begin 10 weeks of field training next week. 

Six of the new police officers will serve Frederick, two will be in Brunswick, and two new deputies will head to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.
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