Recruits begin journey to become Knoxville police officers

Recruits begin journey to become Knoxville police officers

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Thirty-four recruits are on their way to becoming Knoxville police officers. Thirty-four recruits are on their way to becoming Knoxville police officers.
The new recruits began an intensive 26-week course Monday morning at the Knoxville Police Academy. The new recruits began an intensive 26-week course Monday morning at the Knoxville Police Academy.
"The fact that they're four percent of those that applied speaks highly of each of those that is sitting in there, and that is a huge accomplishment," said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch. "The fact that they're four percent of those that applied speaks highly of each of those that is sitting in there, and that is a huge accomplishment," said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch.
"I just hope I can live up to those expectations and make the department as proud of me as I am of it," said recruit Rachel Britt. "I just hope I can live up to those expectations and make the department as proud of me as I am of it," said recruit Rachel Britt.
"We expect a lot of them and therefore we owe them a lot in terms of giving them the very best professional training we can," said Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. "We expect a lot of them and therefore we owe them a lot in terms of giving them the very best professional training we can," said Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Thirty-four recruits are on their way to becoming Knoxville police officers.

The new recruits began an intensive 26-week course Monday morning at the Knoxville Police Academy.

A total of 541 applied, but only 34 were accepted into the program. Each went through seven months of interviews and psychological and physical testing.

"The fact that they're four percent of those that applied speaks highly of each of those that is sitting in there, and that is a huge accomplishment," said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch.

That fact that wasn't lost on any of the recruits, many of whom say they realize the opportunity before them.

"Incredibly blessed, incredibly proud and little overwhelmed," said recruit Rachel Britt. "I can see how high expectations are for me and the other 33 recruits here today, and I just hope I can live up to those expectations and make the department as proud of me as I am of it."

Chief Rausch graduated from the same academy 21 years ago, but he says because of changing technology, these recruits face a much more rigorous.

"These recruits who have started today are going to experience things that I never had the opportunity to experience when I first started law enforcement," said Rausch.

"We expect a lot of them and therefore we owe them a lot in terms of giving them the very best professional training we can," said Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero.

Both the chief and the mayor say when the recruits complete the program, it will be a major boost for the department, bringing the force to 416 sworn officers.

The recruits are expected to complete the course in July and then move into field training.

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