SAGINAW (WJRT) - (12/19/18) - After years of budget cuts and a struggle to find people wanting to go into police work the Saginaw Police Department has gained some strength.
Saginaw Police Department
Monday night the city of Saginaw swore in eight new probationary police officers.
They are currently going through orientation to learn about the department, and in January four months of work with Field Training Officers begins.
They officers come from the Delta College Police Academy.
"They're going to be in situations where you have to make a decision in a split second. At the academy they tell you that you're going to have to do things like that, but you're putting it to real-life situations at this point," said D/Sgt. Matt Gerow with the Saginaw Police Department.
The new officers include Rebecca Muladore who graduated top in the academy.
Officer Brad Williamson finished top in the class for physical fitness, while Officer Klebear Northrup was recognized for team building.
Originally from Midland, Northrup looks forward to the pace in Saginaw. "Knowing that it's a place that wants people to work. There's going to be some extremely busy days, that's what I want to do, I want to get out and work," Northrup said.
Northrup and Robert Frazier didn't take the typical path to police work. Both men are in their 40's and served our country in the military before joining the police academy.
"When I retired from the Army I was interested in doing it, and coming back from Iraq, then 10 years later I had the opportunity, so I'm here," Frazier said.
His peers chose him to give the class speech at graduation. Now Frazier is looking forward to protecting and serving the people of Saginaw. "Getting out know people and helping out, just trying to make a difference," he said.
For Raymond Bady joining the ranks is a family affair. His brother Jordan is an officer and they grew up right here in Saginaw.
Bady graduated from Saginaw High School.
"It's a great opportunity to just to give the kids hope, to be a part of the change I want to see because you can't make change sitting on the sidelines, so put me in coach," Bady said.
The new officers bring Saginaw's ranks up to 58, but they hope to reach 61 soon. There are plans to add two additional fulltime officers at Covenant HealthCare, as well as fill a vacancy that will be created with an upcoming retirement.