As of Friday morning, 21 new police officers will be hitting the streets on the Gulf Coast. After 11 weeks of training and 480 hours of instruction, these cadets officially graduated from the Police Academy.
The ceremony took place at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jefferson Davis Campus in Gulfport. Their training officers are confident in their capabilities to hit the ground running at their respective departments and tell News 25 law enforcement is a career that fosters a learning environment.
Chief Deputy Landi Phillips of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office says, “Well, you know this is really just the beginning. Today is a culmination of training for them. From here, they will go back to their respective agencies. They'll go back out to their respective divisions, be on patrol. I think from here they start their career really. It's an ongoing continuing educational process.”
The graduated cadets will move on to police departments throughout Harrison and Hancock counties.