Lubbock Police Department celebrates 10 new officers at quarterl

Lubbock Police Department celebrates 10 new officers at quarterly ceremony

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock Police added 10 new officers to its department. 

The city celebrated those graduates at its quarterly ceremony. The force also handed out distinguished service awards. Out of the 10 rookie officers, the Honorary Graduate Award was given to Bryson Taylor. 

Taylor said he originally wanted to go to law school, but realized his calling was outside the courtroom. 

"It's the hardest thing you will ever do in your life, that's 100 percent correct. I graduated with 10 phenomenal individuals," he said. "There's no way any of us could have made it through without the support of our class and our instructors, it's very difficult, but days like this are rewarding."

Officer Taylor added he chose Lubbock after attending Texas Tech and realizing this community felt like home.

Along with the departments new officers, city staff is working on finding a new Chief of Police. Chief Greg Stevens will leave the force at the end of May. The city wants the new chief to have similar qualities of Stevens, specifically community engagement and transparency. 

"First and foremost, he came in and reestablished credibility and trust. He came in at a tough time four years ago. He led the efforts working on our public safety improvement plans," Mayor Dan Pope said. "I think he sets the bar for communication and the way he communicates, not only the openness and transparency, but he's been in the community and has become a key part of the community."

Sevens will be taking the chief job in Rockport near Corpus Christi. 

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