LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Dozens of new Louisville Metro Police officers are getting ready to hit the streets. 27 new officers graduated Jan. 14 after weeks of training. They got strong orders from their boss and the new metro mayor.
Before their first runs as new officers, they walked down the aisle in front of family, friends, and their boss. The officers spent the past 30 weeks training at the police academy.
"We've learned a lot of things you wouldn't learn in a classroom. There was a lot of hands on training so I think all of my classmates are ready to go out and serve the community," Officer Justin Witt said.
Part of that training and service took them to the Rumpke Landfill in Medora, Indiana. They were part of the team searching for the remains of Sullivan University student Andrew Compton. Police say Gregory O'Bryan murdered him and put him in a dumpster.
"We were out there for eight days trying to give closure to the family and to the victim, but it showed us police work isn't always the glamorous thing you see on TV," said Witt.
Graduation Day comes with a big challenge from Chief of Police Robert White, who gave the recruits a stern speech outlining his expectations. It comes just days after an LMPD detective was fired after being accused of falsely charging at least four people. Chief White says Crystal Marlowe mismanaged cases.
"You are now leaders in this community versus followers. Followers are influenced by making decisions they later regret and suffer the consequences they can't handle. Never, ever dishonor your badge," White said during his speech.
Mayor Greg Fischer reinforced his commitment to the force.
"We will work together as one team with you all and the entire force to prevent and reduce crime in each and every Louisville neighborhood," said Fischer.