Behind the Badge: Graduation

By: Cassie Anderson Email
By: Cassie Anderson Email

21 long and rigorous weeks. If you ask the latest addition to the Lincoln Police Force, they'll say it was worth it.

"I'm excited and proud. Not a lot of people get this opportunity," Officer Angela Morehouse said.

"It feels really good to finally graduate. It's gone by really quick. But starting tomorrow is shift work. It's going to be a whole different thing," Officer Steve Redlin said.

They're no longer recruits. They've all earned the badge and title of officer.

"Just had a lot thrown at us and a lot more to come in the next five to six months," Officer Scott Jarecke said.

"Everyday it's a lesson in what you don't know. You have to work with everyone, not just other officers but the community," Officer Matt Lesiak said.

"Feeling ready to get out there and get real life experience instead of just practice and training," Officer Aaron Brown said.

They've been put under the gun and gotten behind the wheel on a crash course with domestic assault, traffic and many other challenges. Their job, Protect and serve.

"Law enforcement is a lot of teamwork and the better teamwork you have that's how we can keep ourselves safe and the community safe when we are performing our duties," Officer Joe Villamonte said.

These men and women have chosen more than a career. It's a lifestyle bound by honor, dignity and trust.

"I hope to embody those ideals as best as I can," Lesiak said.

"Treat people with respect. A lot of the exciting things in law enforcement you will do seldom but you will deal with people everyday," Redlin said.

Now their training will be put to the test in the real world. They'll ride with other officers before hitting the streets solo.

"I just really want to get out and proactive what we've learned," Morehouse said.

"Expect the unexpected," Brown said.

They say they're ready.

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