OPD Recruits Nearing End of Training

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

The first Omaha Police Recruit Class in almost three years is approaching the graduation date from the training academy.

The last few weeks at the academy can be the toughest on a recruit, until they actually hit the streets.

Everyday starts like this; inspection followed by calisthenics. For Matthew Stigge and all of the new recruits it has been a tough four months but Stigge and the others knew what they wanted; to become Omaha Police Officers.

"Everyday it is something new.” said Matthew Stigge, “There is a lot to grasp, a lot to wrap your mind around, I have more respect for the officers out on the street knowing that they've gone through the same type of training."

Barring any complications Stigge and the 26 other remaining recruits will graduate in January.

In seven weeks the recruits will be paired up with veteran officers on Omaha streets and they will find out how to take what they've learned at the academy and apply that to the real world.

The recruits know that is the next step to becoming an officer of the law. When they look back now to those first days at the academy they are amazed at their progress.

"The transition has been when we started going from, what you needed to do to get through the academy to now, what do I need to do to become a good officer on the street." said Stigge.

Then start their career of protecting and serving the people of Omaha.

The recruits will start their field training two days after graduation. In May the new officers will be patrolling the streets of Omaha.

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