New Recruits Welcomed Into Police Training Program
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro Police have welcomed 106 new men and women into the Police Academy training program.
The applicants arrived from different paths: some are college graduates, some came from the military, and others have previous law enforcement experience.
On Thursday, Mayor Karl Dean addressed this largest class of recruits ever who've already begun their 22-week training process.
"I wanted to stop by this morning and personally thank each of you for choosing law enforcement as your career path and choosing Nashville as a place to pursue your career. Nashville is one of the most vibrant cities in the United States. We're on the move, we have a lot of new businesses moving here, we have families making our city a home and we are committed to public safety. And that commitment is unwavering," said Dean.
This class is the largest, in part due to replacing those officers who are leaving as the result of attrition. There are approximately 1,350 officers currently, and this class will raise the number to 1,450.
"Generationally, we see that people do leave law enforcement. When I was a young officer, most people stayed their entire career here, but as generations have come along, we do see people leave us, leave law enforcement all together, or go to other law enforcement agencies," said chief Steve Anderson. "So there's a lot more movement today, than there has been in the past. And that's part of our planning, to make sure we stay fully staffed."
Mayor Dean said a strong police presence is something Nashville has always had, and always been recognized for.
"We've done very well with recruiting, there's always room for improvement, but you've got to be proud of our police department. They've done really extraordinary work and what I told these young folks today is, that when I'm out in the city talking to people, people in Nashville like their police department," Mayor Dean added. "They really do, they're proud of it, they know they do good work, they know they're there to protect them, and they know they're proactive when it comes to reaching out to the communities."
They'll graduate and be on patrol by July.
Seventy five percent of the class members are from Tennessee; however, 17 other states and even the nation of Brazil are represented.
Not including the current one, there have been 29 recruit classes over the past ten years.