(12/20/13) - Mid-Michigan cities will now have extra help to keep neighborhoods safe.
Thirteen members of Mott Community College's Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy graduated, Friday.
With friends, family and Mid-Michigan leaders in the audience, 13 police recruits took the oath to serve and protect.
Five of the new recruits are headed to the Flint Police Department and two will be on the job in Burton.
Among the graduates is Kristen Jones.
"I'm feeling good, a little nervous and excited. Don't really know what to expect. I'm excited," Kristen said.
He'll be serving the city of Flint alongside his father.
"Great, great, words can't explain. I'm just choked up. Very very proud. Seeing him as a baby, watching him grow into a young man and now into a man. This is really, really, does me proud," said Kristopher Jones, Flint Police Officer.
The excitement was also felt by Flint's Chief of Police, James Tolbert. He now has more resources to tackle crime and clean up the city's image.
"I just had a call today that someone needed more police officers to do something and I was like, I don't know if we have enough but we have to look at the resources and how we can deploy them so anytime we get fresh, new, young blood, we can use those resources," Tolbert said.
"I know he's going to be OK, he's prepared," Kristopher said. "Like I tell him keep, 'God first and everything else is going to be alright. Dad is out there, but God gonna watch over him.'"
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