Friends, family and other officers gave a standing ovation yesterday to the latest class to graduate from the Law Enforcement Training Academy in Grand Island.
43 graduates stood before the crowd and swore their oath to become law enforcement officers. Grand Island Police is getting several new officers who are excited about serving the community.
Officer Andre O'Connor tells KRGI News that becoming a police officer fulfills a lifelong dream.
O'Connor says, "I'm thankful I had great support staff from fellow cadets and also family for helping me get through the academy. It's a good process."
Another person joining the GIPD is Officer Shane Kucera. He says he joined the force because he wanted to see something new everyday.
Kucera says, "I don't like sitting in an office building everyday. I like to be out doing things, being out amongst people...helping people. That's the number one thing."
Other Grand Island Police Officers who graduated include Officer Sabra Ditter and Christopher Maline.
Deputies Joshua Moline and Rhonda Rowe will join the Hall County Sheriff's Office. Joshua Armon joins Hastings Police while Matthew Young joins Kearney Police.