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Sixteen new officers join Albany Police Department ranks

Albany Police Department Chief John Proctor presents new recruit William Tuten with his badge at a swearing-in ceremony on Monday. Tuten was one of 16 academy graduates to formally join the APD ranks at the ceremony. (Jennifer Parks).

Albany Police Department Chief John Proctor presents new recruit William Tuten with his badge at a swearing-in ceremony on Monday. Tuten was one of 16 academy graduates to formally join the APD ranks at the ceremony. (Jennifer Parks).

ALBANY — More than a dozen new police officers received their badges and took their formal oath of office at a swearing-in ceremony at the Albany Police Department Law Enforcement Center in downtown Albany Monday evening.

In all, there were 16 recruits representing two different classes. They graduated from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton on Friday afternoon prior to being sworn in.

There to witness the graduation ceremonies on Friday were a few officials from the APD.

“To the honorees, you have done an outstanding job at the academy,” said Capt. Eddie Jones of the APD Uniform Bureau at Monday’s ceremony.

Following a presentation of badges to each individual recruit, APD Chief John Proctor administered the oath of office and gave remarks to the officers and their family members.

“This is an important time in your lives, in their lives,” he said to the families. “There will be days that you won’t see them — birthdays, holidays, weddings. Policing has become a hard job; it requires folks to do things. All we ask is for you to support them. If they come home and they don’t want to talk, you have to understand that. They have seen some tough stuff.”

To the new graduates, he made sure to remind them of the nature of the job they have signed on to do.

“You should be ethical, and should do your job beyond reproach,” the chief said. “If you do your job the way you are supposed to, it will stand for itself.”

Among the recruits was Brad Porter, a 2012 graduate of Albany State University who has had ambitions of becoming a police officer for a long time.

“I’ve always wanted to provide service to the community,” he said. “I’m glad to be done with graduation … I’m nervous and excited at the same time.

“Any opportunity I can, I will provide service — whatever it takes.”

The next step for the 16 new academy graduates will be about three months of road training, during which time they will shadow another officer before going out on their own.”

Upon getting his badge, Porter gave some words of guidance to those trying to find a way to live their dreams.

“It’s going to be hard, but you’ve got to work at it,” he said.