Lexington Police graduates largest recruited class in department’s history
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It’s a historic day for the Lexington Police department — as they welcomed 48 new recruits, the largest class to graduate their training academy ever.
Guests, family and law enforcement from all over central Kentucky gathered at Tates Creek Christian Church Thursday morning to welcome the new class.
Police Chief Mark Barnard told ABC 36 this is a proud day for the department that loses nearly 20% of their recruits through the academy.
“This is something they have all worked for and accomplished. They all have stuck with it and they are very dedicated and we’re very proud of them,” said Chief Barnard.
Lexington Police say several of the new officers have military experience and many have a family connection to law enforcement.
“Public safety and quality of life and our economy all go together,” said Mayor Jim Gray.
“When people feel safe — they’re going to feel good about going into work in the morning. They’re going to feel good about living in our city and that’s a very big deal,” Mayor Gray added.
Starting on Monday –the new recruits will go through 15 more weeks of training.
A new class of recruits will begin training in October.