The 40 men and women who graduated as the Toledo Police Department's 60th class will begin field training Monday.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Dozens of new police recruits will hit the streets of Toledo Monday. A total of 40 men and women completed their classroom training at the end of last month and will continue their training by working with officers in the field.
The recruits went through 1,000 hours of training over the past 26 weeks, including driving techniques, fire arms and classroom work.
Police Chief Derrick Diggs says the new officers will help increase the department's staff to 600. He says he is still looking to increase that number by adding another police class in the fall with about 50 to 60 more rookies.
Although the new officers are on the job Monday, they have not stopped learning; they will spend the next four months getting hands-on training with a field-training officer.
Members of the community say Monday is the first day of many these officers have to make an impact.
"The streets are going to be safer. They need more police officers. All these shootings and people getting killed and robberies. We need more police officers," said Mark Connoff.
Diggs has been on a mission to make communities in the Glass City safer by putting more eyes in the sky and more boots on the ground.
"It makes me feel good that there are more police officers hired. Hopefully that means that they're on the streets because that's where I think they should be, especially with Toledo's history," said Karen Abel.
As these anxious and hopeful rookies rolled out for their first day on the job, they were on the minds of the people they are protecting and serving.
"Any time you're a police officer, you never know what's going to happen. When you pull over a vehicle, when you run into somebody robbing something, their life is on the line every single day. So I wish the best for them," said Connoff.
Neighbors say they do not take the new officers for granted and want to offer one piece of advice.
"Anyone can make a difference in the community. You don't have to be a super man, you don't have to wear a uniform. But to those new cops that are coming on, just do what is right," said Abel.
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