Local/Regional News
4:08 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Lexington Police Cadets Make It Official

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Lexington Police Department welcomed 23 new members to its ranks Friday.

Officers filed onstage to shake hands with Police Chief Ronnie Bastin and receive their certificates. The diverse class of recruits, representing a cross-section of the Lexington population, is the first since 2009.q

"We started with over 1200 individuals in the application process. We're very proud of aeach and every one of them and we look forward to what they're going to bring to Lexington," said Chief Bastin.

The ceremony signals the end of weeks of intense training – and new challenges ahead. Nichole Gibson was among the new officers sworn in Friday. She described the training as tough but rewarding – even her encounter with a taser. 

"It's only temporary, the pain. We decided [as] part of training to get tased and OC sprayed so we will know what it feels like," she said.

The graduation comes as the police department deals with less welcome news – misconduct charges against one of its own, Sgt. Robert Brown, who is accused of sexual contact with a drug suspect. According to a warrant, Brown allegedly drove the suspect to a remote location with “the intent of receiving sexual favors” and failed to charge her after finding drug paraphernalia in her purse. Brown is currently suspended without pay.