In a single-file line, 30 police recruits marched with strict precision, the sounds of their footsteps echoing throughout a filled gymnasium. Before they would leave, the men and women would officially be members of the Toledo Police Department.
The 28 men and two women of the 58th Toledo Police Academy class were awarded their badges last night in front of more than 100 family members and friends at Owens Community College.
“It’s an extremely proud day for the recruits and our city,” Mayor Mike Bell said. “You are the first line of defense in the city of Toledo. We’re depending on you greatly to protect us.”