Northern NV law enforcement welcomes newest members

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Northern Nevada’s law enforcement agencies welcomed their newest members Tuesday.

It was a packed house inside the Silver Legacy’s Grand Exposition Hall for 2018's law enforcement graduation ceremony.

The 15 new grads will be joining the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, and University of Nevada Police Services.

They all completed over 800 hours of intense training to get to this point.

“They will be serving our community starting tomorrow. It’s awesome,” said Sheriff Chuck Allen, who was the keynote speaker.

“You’re in the public eye all the time,” Allen said. “People will pre-judge you based on what you look, how you wear the uniform, how you treat people. You have to reflect on those things every single day.”

One of the standouts at the ceremony was Jacob Rousseau, who won the awards for top cop, top shot, and best defensive tactics, but he gave the credit to his classmates at the academy.

“It was everybody in the academy with me,” Russo said. “We worked as a group, studied together, and practiced, and it really paid off in the end.”

Another standout was Kimberly Krtinich, who had tried to make it through the academy before, and responded by going through again, and earning the title of valedictorian.

“I prepared myself even more this time,” she remarked.

Krtinich is the daughter of a deputy sheriff, and says he was her inspiration.

“My dad was a deputy sheriff for 29.5 years, and I wanted to get into law enforcement because of him.”

Unlike in college, there’s no break for these graduates, as they start work Wednesday.