WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Nine new officers with the Wilmington Police Department are going through 15 weeks of in the field training. They were hired last year and will be hitting the streets of the Port City in the next few months.
"It's an active job where you don't sit behind a desk all day. You're out there doing stuff and getting involved with the community," said Officer Christopher Freeken.
Freeken grew up in Wilmington and knows the community, but it's the unexpected situations that keep him on his toes.
"There's truly nothing that can really prepare you for a split second decision on whether or not you are going to have to take someone else's life," said Corporal Myron Irving.
Irving shared his 16 years of experience with Officer Freeken as he rode along with the trainee Wednesday. He instructed Freeken on everything from the most dangerous situations to simple traffic violations.
However, Irving says it's important to remember that the job of a police officer is to serve the community.
"This job going into it, you're not going to get rich. This is not a job where you're looking to get paid the most. This is a job where you're looking to go in to want to provide the best customer service and good customer service to the community," said Irving.
The Wilmington Police Department also has plans to run a Police Academy in February. If you're interested in becoming a Wilmington Police Officer, you can call 910-343-3651.
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