The Lincoln Police Department welcomes 13 new officers to the force.
Friends, family, and colleagues packed a Northeast High School Auditorium Wednesday night to watch recruits turn into officers.
Mayor Gaylor Baird was present to congratulate the graduating class.
“You lucky 13 should take great pride in knowing you have passed the test. You’ve earned your place here tonight and in this force.”
Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister also addressed the recruits.
“They will make a positive impact in the lives of the people they touch, in ways that they can only imagine when they’re sitting in front of you.”
The 13 graduating officers endured 22 weeks at academy, in which recruits stuck to strict training regimen.
One graduate, Officer Zach Felton, told KLIN News, he’s always known he wanted to be a police officer.
“I was born and raised here in Lincoln so I’ve always wanted to give back to the community.”
Felton’s father says he couldn’t be more proud.
“I’m kind of living my life through him. I wanted to that when I was young and I never got it accomplished, but he’s doing it and I’m very proud of him.
The graduating class will now undergo 5 months of field training.