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16 new officers join the Orlando Police Department

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Police Department sworn 16 new officers in this week.

Officer Jade Rhodes is part of the department’s recruiting class and said she was ready to serve and protect.

“When people ask why I chose this profession or why you are doing it at this time, my mother asks me the same question every day, and I can’t tell you, I can’t explain to you, it’s an I feel in me, ”said Rhodes.

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The department said this 2021 recruitment class will be diverse – 18% are African American, 18% are female, and 25% are Hispanic.

“I’m proud of the Orlando Police Department’s work in bringing the best of the best to this great agency,” said Police Chief Orlando Rolón.

Diversity is something that Officer Ezekiel DeVoss says is extremely important in the central Florida community, which is why he will want to interact more with the people of Orlando once he gets started.

“Orlando is a very diverse community with lots of people traveling in and out of town. Not only the residents, but a lot of international people come in and out of the city and I really enjoy interacting with different people, ”said DeVoss.

Officer Baylor Anderson worked for the Children and Family Division for years and said her goal was to wear a police uniform to help even more children.

“I think putting that on the patrol aspect of everyday interaction with kids … just playing basketball with kids on the street is an easy interaction that can make all the difference,” said Anderson.

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The officers will have supervised field training for a few months before patrolling alone.

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