Nashville Community News
Largest class of new police officers in 40 years sworn in and now protecting Nashville.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Mayor Karl Dean and Chief Steve Anderson on June 10th presided over the graduation of the largest class of new police officers in more than 40 years.
The 80 graduates received their badges and took the oath of service during a ceremony at Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Old Hickory Boulevard. This culminated 22 weeks of rigorous classroom and physical training.
Among the graduates was military hero Felipe Pereira, who, while serving with the 101st Airborne Division, received the Distinguished Service Cross, our nation’s second highest military honor. President Obama directed that Pereira receive the award for his lifesaving actions in Afghanistan in 2010. While on patrol, an improvised explosive device detonated, killing two soldiers in Pereira’s squad. Despite shrapnel wounds, a lung injury and an ambush from the enemy, Pereira drove an ATV into active fire and helped evacuate wounded soldiers. After moving the first set of casualties, he went back into the line of fire once more to help others. Pereira was the first “Screaming Eagle” to receive the Distinguished Service Cross since Vietnam.
Pereira and his 79 new officer colleagues will now accompany field training officers for the next five to six months before policing Nashville’s neighborhoods on their own.