Challenges ahead for new officers

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Congratulations to the 10 new officers sworn in last week as members of the Rome Police Department.

Their job won’t be easy with all the challenges facing law enforcement in these difficult days. Chief Kevin C. Beach rightly described what lies ahead. It’s not a job, it’s a way of life.

Before selecting these 10 new officers, the city started with a pool of about 200 applicants. Following various tests — including civil service, agility, lie detector, background and psychological exam — the 10 were chosen.

Now, nine of the 10 will begin the Mohawk Valley Police Academy for six months of training. One of the 10 won’t have to attend the academy because of past experience as a police officer in other jurisdictions. A quick scan of their qualifications shows that these officers have varied backgrounds, with many having already earned bachelor’s and-or associate degrees. Some have also already worked security at various locations.

The goal of the Rome Police Department is to protect life and property, prevent crime, detect and arrest offenders, according to its website. The city can be proud of these latest additions to our police force as they embark on their new mission.

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