LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Louisville Metro Police Department welcomed 31 new officers to its ranks on Friday.
They are among 150 new officers hired this year, Mayor Greg Fischer said, a record for the department as it tries to deal with a spike in homicides and shootings.
The latest class went through six months of training before being sworn in Friday morning at Spalding University, according to a release from the department. They will begin their patrols by Monday.
The department says many of the recruits have prior law enforcement or military experience, but they represent a wide variety of backgrounds.
New officer Meghan McRae said she started in behavioral therapy before jumping to law enforcement.
"Sitting on the couch and talking about it is not really going to do anything," she said. "So actually getting out and giving it a try, I think anybody with a good heart can make a big impact."
Among the other new officers are former athletes, a professional canoe guide and a onetime cattle roper.