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Part Four: 10 Student Officers Prepare for Graduation

"It's a long process. We've all had our ups and downs," Morton said. "It's just time. We're all ready to just move on, get on the street, and do what we've been trained to do."

Frederick, Md. - Imagine spending seven months studying for hours, pushing your mind to the limit, and even getting pepper sprayed on purpose.

That's been the life for 10 student officers in the Frederick City Police Academy. Now they're in their final part of their journey to serve the community as police officers.

Eric Morton has been walking through his front door after a long day at the police academy for more than half a year. He's told his wife stories about his experiences at the academy.

"It's a long process. We've all had our ups and downs," Morton said. "It's just time. We're all ready to just move on, get on the street, and do what we've been trained to do."

Morton and nine other student officers have learned making it this far and keeping everything working at home is a juggling act.

Sara Evans is one of two women in the academy.

"In the background you have the TV on if my wife's watching TV," Evans said. "My dogs, I live in an apartment, so I have to take them outside. It's just little things like that that get in your way or if you just don't feel like studying one day, the fact is you have to."

Evans knows she has to study to prepare for crime scene scenarios and to get a taste of what life may be like keeping the people of Frederick safe.

"I like working in the community, and I just want to ensure that the people who live and work in the city have better lives," Evans says.

The student officers have been training at the academy since the beginning of April and now say they're ready to begin the second part of their lives.

"We're grateful that we've made it this far, but we know that it's not the end and that it's really just the beginning. We're going to apply everything that we've done and have a long career," says Derek Inman, a student officer.

A long career cadets like Eric Morton hope to have, as they kiss their kids goodnight, and dream about their futures in law enforcement.

Tune into WHAG at 5 p.m. Friday. We'll be at the graduation as 10 cadets are sworn in to serve as police officers.

 

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