TUPELO, Mississippi (WCBI) — 19 men and women are now ready to protect and serve throughout northeast Mississippi.
Graduation ceremonies were held this morning for the B-71 class at the North Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Center. The new officers have lived at Tupelo Academy Monday through Friday for the past twelve weeks.
During this time, they learned all the basic requirements to become a law officer. There was also intense physical training.
The principal said each class is unique and he is proud of the men and women who have gone through the training.
“One of the things we have trouble with law enforcement across the country is recruiting good people to work in this profession. The oldest person we have in our class is 39, a couple are 36, the others are in their twenties, they are quite young people, I’m glad to see that, it encourages us, ”said Dean Bearden , Director of NMLETC.
“They will teach you a lot about being an officer and how to show respect, in today’s world being an officer is changing, they will show you how to get out of it and do it to the best of your capabilities,” said Officer Bradley Gordon. , Tupelo Police Department.
Awards were presented to top performers in academics, firearms, physical training and other categories. Most new agents will work with a field training agent at their various branches.
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