TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Eleven new police officers started working at the Tuscaloosa Police Department Monday.
“You really have to have a heart for helping out people in the community and that’s the major part. You just have to want to do it,” Chris Freeman told WBRC.
We talked to several of them after they took an oath to serve and protect last Thursday.
“I'm going to try and uphold the code of ethics. I’m going to try and be as good of a police officer as I can be,” Freeman continued.
Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson said they joined the department at a time when the job of police officers is changing.
These rookies say they’re up to the task.
“I was born and raised here. And so I think being from Tuscaloosa, I can be very personable with the people of the city. And I can relate to some of the situations they’ve been through,” Treshawn Brown expressed.
Chief Anderson said up to 60 officers could retire in 2019 if they chose to do so.
He doesn’t expect that many to leave this year. But that highlights the need to continually recruit more people into the police department.