On Friday afternoon the Montgomery County Public Safety Academy held graduation ceremonies at Northwest High School for the 64th Session of police officers who will become new patrol officers.
Session 64 included 32 new members of the Montgomery County Police Department, as well as new members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, City of Gaithersburg Police Department, City of Takoma Park Police Department, and Maryland National Capital Park Police.
“We are here to celebrate these men and women for their outstanding achievement,” said County Executive Ike Leggett at the ceremonies. “We are so proud of their great contributions and service and all things that they do to make this community a great place to live. We think about the job they will do, and unfortunately, a large part of our community takes for granted the real difficult sacrifices that they will make.”
“This particular privilege also comes with a great deal of risk. The sacrifices that they will have to make. There will be occasions when they will not be there for events in the family. There will be times when they will have to leave unexpectedly. When they leave in the morning, or whatever time they go to their shifts, there is no certainty that they will all come back home,” said Leggett just before administering the oath of office to the members of Session 64.
The Northwest High School auditorium was jammed with friends and family of the new officers to celebrate and show pride for what, in some cases was the culmination of a dream come true.
“Six months ago I told Session 64 what they were getting into as they started at the academy,” said Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas J. Manger. “I tried to convey to them the kind of effort that would be required of them to get them here today on this stage. I think today they have a real appreciation of what it takes to get to sit in these seats.”
“Being a police officer is tough. In fact, it is more challenging today than it has ever been in the history of modern policing,” said Manger. “This job is challenging first and foremost because of the expectations placed on officers by the public, by the police department, and the expectations that come directly from the oath that they just took. Today you raised your right hand to affirm that you will act lawfully at all times, that you will uphold the rights of every individual that you come in contact with, and that you will treat everyone with dignity and respect. You just took an oath to serve others.”
“It is tough to convey the realities of what cops face every day. We have done our best to make sure that you will be good public servants, smart crime fighters, and culturally competent and effective communicators. We have trained you to succeed at this profession,” said Manger.
The new officers will begin the next phase of their training as police officers shortly as they begin work as patrol officer trainees throughout the county. The new class officers also includes six additional officers for the 5th District – Germantown. These officers were part of the FY 2017 budget approved last year. Once patrol training is complete, the additional officers will patrol Clarksburg and the northern areas of Germantown.
Top: The members of Session 64 of the Montgomery County Public Safety Academy take the oath of office to become new police officers at Northwest High School on Friday, Aug. 5.
Next: Members of the Montgomery County Police Honor Guard present the colors during graduation ceremonies for the Montgomery County Public Safety Academy Session 64.
Next: New police officers receive their certificates.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.