Mixed emotions for Milwaukee PD recruits graduating one week after death of officer
7:47 PM, Jun 14, 2018
MILWAUKEE, WI - It was a day of mixed emotions Thursday for the Milwaukee Police Department as 58 new recruits became police officers. The graduation comes a week after the death of Officer Charles Irvine Jr.
“This is the starting line," Mayor Barrett said. "I want to thank you for the commitment that you have made to this point," he continued.
After six long months of training, 58 recruits have officially graduated from Milwaukee's Police Academy.
“I feel good," Rashad Stewart said. "It’s been a long six months, but here at the academy they trained us well."
For Stewart, this day is a dream come true, and for Milwaukee Police, this is one of the academy’s largest graduating classes as the department works to fill a staffing deficit due to a number of officers retiring.
“This is a class that we can truly say we’re molding to the new vision and mission of the department," Chief Morales said.
This class is also the first to graduate under Chief Morales, and although a celebratory time, it’s still riddled with sadness as the department continues to mourn the loss of Officer Charles Irvine Jr. who was killed in a rollover crash just one week ago.