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Newest LMPD recruits take oaths of office amid violent year in Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The newest members of the Louisville Metro Police Department took their oaths of office on Friday.

Thirty-one recruits graduated in the ceremony, and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said he wants to keep increasing that number.

Several of the new officers from Metro Academy Class 36 already have law enforcement or military backgrounds.

As part of the ceremony, Mayor Fischer and LMPD Chief Steve Conrad, gave remarks about the recruits' 26 weeks of grueling training, and thanked them for joining Louisville's Finest.

The 31 new officers were sworn in as Mayor Fischer recently announced the city will increase the size of its police force.

Chief Conrad said he wants to spend $1.2 million in overtime costs on extra patrols in seven high-crime neighborhoods.

Chief Conrad told Louisville Metro Council that the overtime initiative will be successful if it leads to a drop in violent crime.

President of Metro Academy Class 36, Officer Jason Maguire, said the new officers recognize this is a tough time to become a police officer.

Maguire said they're ready to step up to the challenge.

"It's been a lot of hard work for everybody here up to this point," Maguire said. "This is an exciting day for us and our families, and we're ready to serve the community."

All new officers will be assigned to patrol divisions, and will work their way up in the department within three to five years.

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