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PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) -
new crime fighters are hitting the streets of Toledo. The Toledo Police
Department graduated its 60th class of officers Thursday night.
went through 26 weeks of grueling training involving academics, physical conditioning,
driving, and firearms.
more to it than you think," said newly-graduated Officer Kyle Rogalski. "You
have to drive backward, forward and park at fast speeds."
gave up his job as a Walmart manager to join the force. He's following in the
footsteps of his dad Robert, a retired TPD officer.
advice to his son:
your best. Try to do everything the way the division's manual wants you to do
it, and serve the community."
mother Sue is proud of her son, but still nervous.
in harm's way, [even] at a traffic stop where he could get hit by a car," she
class brings TPD manpower to 600, but Chief Derrick Diggs promises more
been working very hard to get our manning numbers up to where I think they need
to be," Diggs said. "Once this class graduates, I'm going to work to try to
select another class this fall in September."
that class could number between fifty and sixty.
the latest class will now be assigned to the operations division. Over the next
four months, they'll continue their training by working with field officers.
graduation ceremony was held at Owens Community College in Perrysburg Township,
where the police academy is located.