Graduating class of LMPD officers displays diversity


by WHAS11

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 3 at 6:44 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – There was plenty of tradition at Wednesday's graduation at Iroquois Amphitheatre.

Nineteen officers graduated after six months of rigid preparation.

This graduating class has plenty of diversity.  Chief Conrad pointed out that six of the 19 new officers are veterans.

And this class is distinct in other ways as well. The class includes: more minorities, more women and twelve of the officers are college graduates.

And one by one names were called--like James Buckley.

Buckley is the oldest person in the class with nine children, his wife pinned his badge on him.

There is something else that makes him unique. He's a country music singer who performed in the army.

And for the three women, they have a chance to wear the badge proudly.

And for others--a second profession--David Slovak is a former professional baseball player with the Blue Jays and Washington Nationals.

There is a new career for everyone in the Metro Academy Class 28.