This past weekend has been one of the most difficult for the Milwaukee Police Department. Despite the recent anti-cop climate, there are young men and women signing up to serve and protect our community.
The class of 45 recruits was sworn in on Monday. Despite the dangers, parents say they're proud of their family’s commitment.
A class of 36 men and 9 women have been going through six months of training at the police academy.
“You're the people that are called when something is happening that shouldn't be happening, that someone needs to do something about...now,” said Chief Ed Flynn.
The police academy will put them in shape and prepare their minds for the emotional situations they will encounter.
“You are going to encounter people in the very worst moments of their lives,” said Mayor Tom Barrett.
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Situations that in Milwaukee and in urban cities across the United States are turning more volatile.
Still, families know someone has to police our neighborhoods.
“They’re here to abide by the law and keep everything peaceful safe. and I think they deserve that respect,” said Charly Effle.