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(February 16, 2018)

Another Omaha Police recruit class graduated today from the police training academy, adding 27 officers to the department and adding to the historic level of police staffing.

This recruit class, called a “lateral” class is the largest of its type in more than ten years. Each officer has worked for another law enforcement agency and all are previously certified in the state of Nebraska.

“Or goal was to teach them how to be Omaha police officers. I’m pleased with this infusion of talent into our department,” said Chief Todd Schmaderer. “We believe in a culture of courtesy, proficiency and professionalism. These veteran officers have the ability to do that.” 

The officers completed 386 hours of training over 11 weeks.  “You are ready,” said Training Sergeant Ken Fox.

24 additional recruits are training now and will graduate in April, bringing the number of sworn officers to 860.  By the end of the year, Omaha will have 880 officers and in 2019, 900.

“The Omaha Police Department has earned the public’s confidence,” said Mayor Stothert.  “We set high standards  of  fairness,  respect,  ethics,  honor, and transparency.  The oath you take is your promise to uphold these standards, and protect and serve our city.”

Recruit class Officer Jesse Gooden said, “We come from different backgrounds and have over 200 years of combined experience.  We have a devotion to law enforcement. Let’s make the City of Omaha proud of the Lateral Class of 2017.”

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