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Lawton Police Department will welcome 8 cadets after police academy training

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- The Lawton Police Academy is in full swing, with 8 cadets who emerged out of roughly 160 applicants.

They earned their spots over the past several weeks by passing a physical agility test, a series of interviews, and a background check.

The cadets started training back on August 27th, and over the next four months, they'll learn the skills they'll need on the streets.  Some of that time is spent in the classroom, learning basic procedures, but there will also be hands-on training with other officers.

Born and raised in Lawton Cadet Cody Gatliff says he has always wanted to become a Lawton police officer for as long as he can remember.

"I just want to do my part and keep everyone else family safe, as well as my own
, said Gatliff.

Gatliff says it
s a tough time for law enforcement because of the recent police shootings, but he wants to change the way people label cops and help solve problems in the community between crime and violence.

"It's just being aware of your actions and thinking about what you do before you do it. If you go out with a positive attitude make sure you are going to do the right thing every day and I think that will send a good message to the community
, said Gatliff.

 Lieutenant Brad Davis showed the cadets a weapons presentation and how to properly hold their pistol. The intense training helps mold them into the hard working patrol officers.

"They get up every morning and do PT about an hour
s worth of PT. We go to Cameron running bleachers, on Fridays we typically go to a pool and do some swimming, to just coming out to the tech center and running around the parking lot, but a lot of cardio and endurance training, said Davis.

He likes that Lawton is doing their own academy, they can teach and mold the cadets to the trends here in the city. Joining law enforcement provides opportunities to move up to different positions if you get tired of patrolling.

"You can go to the detective
s division, you can go to a K-9 unit, go to the motorcycle unit. You know we have the tag team, dive team, so many different areas to keep you interested and keep you enjoying your job, said Davis.

The 8 cadets who are finishing up training will graduate from the academy on January 6, 2017. If you think you have what it takes to be a part of the Lawton Police Department, you can visit building 900 of the Great Plains Technology Center and fill out an application. You must have a driver's license and be at least 21 years old. The last day to apply is October 7.

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