COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Officers fresh out of the academy will soon hit the streets of Colorado Springs.
In the largest class to graduate, a total of 54 new officers were handed their CSPD badge Friday. The number with the goal of improving a staffing shortage and response times for the department.
Each recruit shook Chief Pete Carey's hand, receiving their brand new CSPD badge in the other.
In total it was 27 weeks of training and more than 1,000 hours of work for each new officer.
"I think that we're going to make a good impact on the community," newly sworn Officer Jovani Estrada said.
Despite the class graduating, CSPD still needs more officers on the streets. Billboards around Colorado Springs, announcing the department is hiring are proof.
Right now, CSPD is averaging about a 12 minute response time to priority calls.
"We're in a recruitment phase right now," Lt. Howard Black said. "Trying to move more officers in the field into detective units to work the growing population in Colorado Springs."
Black said the impact of this class won't be felt for a while, as each of the officers will spend at least three months working alongside a training officer on Colorado Springs streets.
The new officers said they are ready to take on the challenge, even amidst the hard time law enforcement is facing.
"It's our job now, that's what we stepped into this role for, is to usher the rest of the community forward so we can become closer," newly sworn Officer Paul Hubbard said.
But right now, each one is proudly wearing the badge and enjoying the moment with family, before the work outside the academy kicks in.
"I'm so proud of him," Brittany Estrada, wife of Officer Jovani Estrada said.