Mayor Joe Ganim Wednesday night issued the oath to 26 graduates of the Bridgeport Police Academy. Rebeca Garcia who commanded the training division was also sworn in as assistant police chief becoming the first Hispanic woman to occupy the department’s number two position.
Police Chief AJ Perez says Garcia will “change the dynamics” of the police department.
Steve Krauchick from Doing It Local provides video coverage above.
According to Assistant Chief Garcia the incoming class “hosted at least 5 community-based events during their academy days. Of extreme importance to recognize is the fact that class #41 is also the first in the State of CT to have the Officer Wellness (Heart 911) class (6wks/2 hours per week) as part of their curriculum. We are proud of what these officers have done to serve the community and look forward to having them build stronger relations within the department and with the residents of Bridgeport”.
— Male: 19
— Female: 7
— African American: 5
— Hispanic: 11
— Caucasian: 10
— Resident: 14
— Non-Resident: 12