The Evansville Police Department held a swearing-in ceremony for six new officers Monday afternoon. The Class of 2014 includes former Vanderburgh County correctional officers, a former professional basketball player, the son of the Princeton Police chief as well as the daughter of the first responding officer to the C-130 plane crash.
Standing at the podium, Chief Billy Bolin called it a big day, not just for the newly minted officers but for their families too. Six new officers were officially sworn in Monday afternoon, three of which are women. For some of them, including William Tyler George, son of Princeton Police Chief William George, law enforcement runs in the family.
One of those with a law enforcement pedigree is Sarah Gibson. Her father is late Evansville Police Officer 'Duke' Gibson. He was one of the first officers to arrive at the scene of the C-130 plane crash. 'Duke' passed away when Sarah was just six years old. Now, decades later, she feels as if she's walking in his footsteps.
"I don't know necessarily that I knew that I would [go into law enforcement]," Gibson said. "[My dad] was pretty good at separating his work life from his home life but he took pride in his job and his family both. That's something that I hope to bring too."
All six of the newly sworn-in officers will report to the academy later this week.