Sixteen new Albany Police officers earned their badges Monday night. It was the largest swearing-in ceremony APD has had in years.
The new officers just graduated from the police academy after three months of training. Chief John Proctor said, "The academy process is extremely difficult. Not only is it academic, but it's physical. There's a lot of stress that these officers have to put forth."
The officers attended the academy with law enforcement recruits from around the state. Two of the Albany officers, Thomas Kinkead and Brad Porter, were chosen as the outstanding graduates from all of those Georgia cadets. Kinkead said, "We're blessed to be here with APD. They set us the groundwork to have a successful career. They've done everything they can to help us along the way, and now it's up to us to do our part and hold up our end of the bargain."
The officers will hit the streets with training officers for 12 weeks. If they do well, they'll be cleared to start patrolling on their own.