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More Metro Police on the street, 32 graduate academy

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A photographer snaps photos of the graduating recruits. A photographer snaps photos of the graduating recruits.
The troops walked across the stage. The troops walked across the stage.
An officer watched from the audience. An officer watched from the audience.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Their outlook is sparkling as bright as their new badge. More than 30 LMPD recruits graduated Thursday at Memorial Auditorium. They may be Metro Police rookies, but many of them come with years of law enforcement experience.

The recruits finished nearly 25 weeks of training and will undergo another 24 weeks of ride-along training.

LMPD's top brass welcomed sons, daughters, parents and spouses on stage for a photo opportunity as 32 recruits were sworn in.

Their careers and experience are as diverse as their heritage. Several are armed forces veterans. Even more are college graduates and one man is a former Pentagon police officer.

"Being part of LMPD is awesome. This city is very family oriented. Great force. A lot of good people here," New LMPD Officer Tyrell Barner said. Barner relocated his family to Louisville after working at the Pentagon.

The class also elected its first female class president. "It was rough. I was nervous if people were going to respect me being a female - if they were going to listen," New LMPD Officer Holly Hogan said.

Robyn Jennings was inspired to pursue law enforcement after growing up in a military family and learning the value of public service. "It feels amazing. It's been a long six months, but this day has made it all worth it," Jennings said.

The new officers will remain on the street for three years before they're eligible to pursue an LMPD unit, like SWAT or a detective division. Their first night on the street is overnight December 2.

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