GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The Grand Rapids Police Department has nine new officers. It's the first new class of officers to be sworn in so far this year.
All of those who took their oath Thursday have previous law enforcement experience -- either in Michigan or elsewhere.
Chief David Rahinsky says they have a lot to be proud of especially in this difficult time for law enforcement around the country.
"What these officers need to remember is what they may be hearing on a national level, fortunately is not the reality here in Grand Rapids," Chief Rahinsky said. "The relationships we've developed, the trust we've built is something that serves the community well and it serves the department well."
Thursday was the start of the officers formal training process.They'll be evaluated for the next six to eight months, before going on solo patrol.
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