After 17 Weeks, Six New Evansville Police Officers Graduate from Academy

Over the past 17 weeks, they’ve gone from civilians to cops.

On Friday, six new Evansville police officers graduate from academy and start their careers. In total, 15 members of various law enforcement agencies graduated today.
The ceremony was held at the Old National Events Plaza. They have already had their official swearing-in.

Graduating from academy means they can now legally hit the streets.

The training was at times grueling but new officer, Michael Jones, with Newburgh PD says he is living the dream.
        “Law enforcement (has) been the thing I wanted to do since I was a kid.  It’s the only thing I found I’m actually really passionate about, I want to do it for my entire life.  I mean everything else I ran across I – never made me happy, because law enforcement (is) what I wanted to do.”

We had unprecedented access to watch the transformation of the six newest EPD officers.
The special report – 17 Weeks – aired Thursday night on Eyewitness News at 9:00 on Local 7.
Eyewitness News Jordan Vandenberge detailed the process these men and women took to get on that stage Friday with some very personal stories.
You can watch the entire 17 Weeks special half hour report in four parts –
17 Weeks – Part 1
17 Weeks – Part 2
17 Weeks – Part 3
17 Weeks – Part 4

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