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13 police recruits join department

New Lawrence Police Department recruits are sworn in Tuesday. The recruits will begin training as part of the department’s sixth-month academy before they start patrolling the streets.

New Lawrence Police Department recruits are sworn in Tuesday. The recruits will begin training as part of the department’s sixth-month academy before they start patrolling the streets.

June 26, 2012

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The Lawrence Police Department added 13 new recruits Tuesday who will begin training as part of the department’s sixth-month academy before they start patrolling the streets.

Police Chief Tarik Khatib said that with attrition the department is six positions down from its authorized level of commissioned officers.

The department last hired a new class of 13 recruits last August. City Manager David Corliss has again authorized hiring additional officers than the department has vacancies to try to mitigate future attrition through retirements, military leave and other departures.

Sgt. David Hogue, of the department’s training unit, said the new recruits are schedule to completed the department’s academy in December when they begin field training with experienced officers.

The new recruits are Derrick Smith II, Samuel Reid, Jonathon Hamilton Slate, Jordan Kircher, Kyle Owens, Dominique Sloan, Blake Reed, Ryan Padilla, Matthew Leslie, Peter Kerby, Amaury Collado, Miranda Madrueno and Gwyn Fogarty.

The department operates its own training academy while most officers in the state go to the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson, a division of Kansas University’s Continuing Education program.

Hogue said that operating its own academy allows officers to train recruits as they become more familiar with the department’s supervisors, officers and detectives, and policies and local ordinances.

“It allows us to be specific to Lawrence,” Hogue said.

Two Douglas County Sheriff’s recruits, Michael Folks and LeRonda Roome, will also participate in the department’s academy.

In addition, Sara Mills, who has experience working as a Kansas University police officer, will take part in some of the training academy as well as field training with current officers. Callee Souders, who will serve as a new desk officer, will also participate in sections of the academy as well, Hogue said.

Comments

Pywacket 2 years, 6 months ago

Congratulations to the new recruits! Hoping each enjoys a successful and rewarding career.

evera 2 years, 6 months ago

think it will be 12 recruits after someone notices

Jayhawk_4_Life 2 years, 6 months ago

haha wow, front and center too..i really hope that's just a fist.

irvan moore 2 years, 6 months ago

they look like nice kids, i wish them well

ctrowbridge 2 years, 6 months ago

Hi all. We have replaced the photo of the recruits being sworn in that the police department provided. We're not interested in having anyone needlessly embarrassed. — Caroline Trowbridge, Community Editor

irvan moore 2 years, 6 months ago

the police department provided that photo???

oldbaldguy 2 years, 6 months ago

My son is a cop. Anyone who signs up to be a sworn officer should be commended. Let's hope they all pay attention in training.

irvan moore 2 years, 6 months ago

you are and deserve to be very proud of your son

Richard Payton 2 years, 6 months ago

I thought the article stated 13 were hired. Appears as if 14 are being sworn in.

George Diepenbrock 2 years, 6 months ago

rtpayton, The story notes this: "In addition, Sara Mills, who has experience working as a Kansas University police officer, will take part in some of the training academy as well as field training with current officers."

Sara Mills is the 14th person in the photo.

Thanks

James Minor 2 years, 6 months ago

Congratulations cadets!!! Serve Lawrence proud. Your first training session will be on the proper mechanics of "Pocket Pool". One of you showed in the picture you already have experience and that will help you on those midnight shifts.

greenworld 2 years, 6 months ago

I count 14 according to the picture, did one already quit or what??

Leslie Swearingen 2 years, 6 months ago

Seriously? Seems to me like all the cadets have their hands in pretty much the same place.
This is really not a joking situation. I hope that they know that you never read the comments in a story about yourself.
It would seem to be a pretty thankless job where people expect the worst from you and thank that you are a joke. Why would anyone take this on? I am very glad they do and I have had help from some very polite and competent officers. But, still, with all the aggravation, why?

DillonBarnes 2 years, 6 months ago

The picture was changed since the comments. It was bad luck, I don't think anyone is actually criticizing the recruits because of a bad picture.

With all due respect, lighten up a little, I think you're taking this too seriously.

greenworld 2 years, 6 months ago

They are all being brainwashed. lol.....why is the average age look like 21-25 yrs old. Could there be some possible age discrimination going on.

James Minor 2 years, 6 months ago

OK!!! All trainees line up and reach for your gun ---- I mean the one on in the holster on the side of your body!!!

Lifetimer1960 2 years, 6 months ago

Since you have taken the time to mention this twice, cheeseburger, you must personally know this young gentleman or lady. I know for a fact they go through a very stringent "vetting process". Do you think they slipped through?

Lifetimer1960 2 years, 6 months ago

Then maybe you don't know the one you speak of as well as you think you do!

NotRelated 2 years, 6 months ago

Have so damn respect this is a huge moment for these people and their families, the hiring process is difficult and long. The training is long and arduous. Commenting and singling someone out is rude and disrespectful. Imagine if in your job you were held under a microscope 24/7. We are lucky to have a top notch police force of not small minded officers. They are our sons and daughters, our wives and husbands, our parents, and our neighbors. Congrats guys, now with that said don't taze me bro.

greenworld 2 years, 6 months ago

Raise your right hand and repeat after me....rule number one- I will never excuse any tickets for Ku basketball tickets....

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