A class of 45 new officers graduated from the Columbus Police Academy Friday morning and will soon be hitting the streets in central Ohio.
The 129th recruit class includes 32 new police officers for the city of Columbus.
The graduating class had the highest academic averages in the history of the Division of Police.
Police Chief Kim Jacobs said she was impressed by not only the academic achievement but also by the groups character and diversity. “Its not just gender and race and ethnicity, its diversity of background and experiences and skills and education and I love that because it adds so much value to the way we look at things,” Jacobs said.
The graduates include 44-year-old Sarvone Johnson whose background includes the U.S. Army and most recently working for the railroad. “There’s always some trepidation with any change you make in life but when you have a passion for something and a calling for something, that leads the way,” Johnson said.
Johnson said this class came to the academy to learn and they leave the academy to serve. “The spirit of this class is integrity and discipline,” Johnson said. “It’s a really good group. They’re excited but they’re going to do it the right way.”
That’s what Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther likes to hear. “Having that passion for service is absolutely critical and making sure folks want to serve the entire community,” Ginther said.
The new graduates will now begin 15 weeks of field training.
13 other graduating officers will be joining police departments in Hilliard, Westerville, Gahanna, New Albany, Grove City and Ohio State University.