18 new police officers are graduating from the 68th Class Mobile Police Academy

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Beware and in full uniform – 18 new officers have joined the best in Mobile and all that goes with it.

“That our mayor and this administration are firmly behind you as you fulfill your duties and responsibilities on a daily basis,” said Lawrence Battiste, director of mobile public safety.

After 21 weeks of training, the 68th Class Mobile Police Academy is ready to change the situation.

“I often hear from people in the community – who say – I wouldn’t be a cop today – I wouldn’t be a cop in today’s situation.” But in my 28-year career, I can’t imagine a better time than today, “said Mobile Police Chief Paul Prine.

By taking an oath – promising to protect and serve – they go from civilian to officer.

“My reason is that I want to do something with a goal. I want to repay the community and I want to have a job and a career where my children look up to it. I have two small children and being here today means a lot to me, “said Officer Matthew Cooper.

“Treat everyone with the same respect you would like, otherwise I would like someone to treat my family. So answer every call with the same energy – with the same expectations – you know they may have a bad day, but you may brighten that day, “said Officer Aaron Holder.

Last year, they almost broke the record in homicides and continuing gun violence – Port City certainly has its problems in the fight against crime. Chief Prine believes they’re moving forward.

“Certainly more cops on the street are doing nothing but helping to reduce the violence you see here today … And we hope to release some numbers soon to show that we are falling,” Chief Prine said.

The new officers are now undergoing three months of field training in various districts, before being assigned patrol cars and the last district.

The mobile police department is budgeted for 491 members. Chief Prine says they are still trying to fill vacancies.

The following awards were also presented at the graduation:

Class President Kasidy Higgins received the highest test score as well as the Chief Award for Best Overall Performance.

Physical Fitness Award (highest score in physical training) – Officer Aaron Holder.

Firearms Award – Officer Darius Moore.

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