22 New Officers Will Join the Fort Wayne Police Force

By BROOKE WELCH | bwelch@wfft.com

Published 02/11 2014 02:58PM

Updated 02/11 2014 03:21PM

Last year was a record breaking year in Fort Wayne with 45 homicides.  The Police Academy began training 22 new officers that will join the Fort Wayne Police Force upon graduation in June.

WFFT's Brooke Welch was at the first day of class for these new recruits and has more on the training they will receive these next 3 months.

In June, there could be 22 new officers to help fight crime in Fort Wayne but first they have to complete months of intense training at the Public Safety Academy.

"Academically, it is very demanding.  Physically, it is very demanding. 

Captain Shane Lee says these recruits already have a lot of time invested in the process.

"Selecting this group of recruits for almost 9 months now.  They've gone through a very arduous process, out of over 400 applicants.  We've seated 22 in the class."

"If you see a classmate go down, you pick em up.  You keep them strong, ya hear me?"

That's new Police Chief Garry Hamilton talking to the recruits about the importance of teamwork.  Director of Public Safety Rusty York explains why.

"You need that out on the street.  We don't expect people to be doing this all for their own glory.  They are supposed to be helping others as they go through."

With record breaking homicide numbers in 2013, York tells us how 22 new officers can help reduce that number this year.

"The more officers that we have, the more we can focus on our preventative measures.  Instead of responding to calls for service, responding to crime." 

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