West Alabamas law enforcement agencies grew stron

first_imgWest Alabama’s law enforcement agencies grew stronger today as 22 men and women graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy of Tuscaloosa.It’s a tough job in a tough world, but that didn’t stop the academy’s graduates from wanting to serve and protect.Each officer has completed the requirements for basic law enforcement certification, and today graduates’ families and loved ones gathered to witness the new officers taking their oaths and code of ethics readings.Several new officers said their decision to enter law enforcement came as a result of their personal experiences.“My freshman year at Faulkner University we had a shooting about a month in and there wasn’t anything I could do,” said Trussville Police Officer Johnathan Goodrum. “I just felt a strong desire to serve the community and help that woman who was being injured.”Tuscaloosa Police Department Office Michaela Humphrey said she entered the force hoping to make a difference.“I feel like we have to become a part of the community, do something to make a change and you have to be the change the you want to see in your community,” she said.But after today, there won’t be much time for celebration because most graduates begin their new jobs with their police departments as soon as Friday.last_img read more