The Plant City Police Department welcomed six new police officer recruits July 23.
The recruits, whose experiences range from service in the military to prior law enforcement, is the largest group to be hired by the police department in several years. The six positions filled are not newly created positions but positions left vacant by recent retirements and separations.
The six officers will undergo an extensive two-week orientation, during which they will learn the fundamentals of what it is to be a Plant City police officer. This includes an introduction to the department’s policies and procedures, an overview of the agency and a recap of high-liability areas such as firearms use, defensive tactics and driving.
Upon completion of their orientation, the officers will be sworn in during a ceremony Aug. 3, at the Plant City Police Department. They will then be assigned to a training officer for 16 weeks of field training. After their training, each officer will be assigned to a patrol shift, when they will act as full-time police officers.