It was the first day of SJPD Academy Class 27. Eighteen young and eager recruits gathered together for the first time. The day culminated a process that started when the recruits applied to be a SJPD officer. After their applications were accepted, the recruits took a written test, a physical agility test, filled out a personal history questionnaire, took an oral board exam interview and went through a background investigation. Out of the hundreds of applicants only eighteen met the high SJPD standards.
Assistant Chief of Police Dave Knopf gives the opening talk to the class.
An orientation meeting in the Police Officers Association (POA) hall kicked off the recruit's first day. They had to arrive wearing business-appropriate clothing. Everyone dressed professionally—no one showed up in something inappropriate like workout pants, a t-shirt or sporting blue-dyed hair.
After an opening talk by Assistant Chief of Police Dave Knopf, the recruits were welcomed by the deputy chiefs. An upbeat atmosphere filled the room. The recruits anxiously listened to the words of their superiors who shared words of wisdom and encouragement. The deputy chiefs wanted the recruits to know that the training they will undergo is challenging and tough. But, once they graduate from the SJPD Academy, they will be highly skilled officers in one of the best police departments in the nation.