NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A total of 60 new Metro Nashville police officers graduated Thursday evening.
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Police Chief Steve Anderson presided over the ceremony at Faith is the Victory Church near Madison.
The graduates, who underwent more than five months of training, received their badges during the ceremony.
The recent discourse between officers and the public in other parts of the country has not deterred these new officers.
“It’s something you should consider. But that doesn’t mean those people don’t have rights. And they still need to be protected, they still need service from our police department,” explained Russell Jones.
Ian Ward added, “If anything it’s more motivating. Less and less people want to be involved in this job. It’s an important service to the community, and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
The public was invited to the ceremony.