After coronavirus delays training, 11 recruits join the Lynchburg Police Department


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The City of Lynchburg has 11 new police officers who were sworn in on Thursday after an unusually long training period.

Training at the academy usually takes six months, but due to the pandemic, it was interrupted and lasted eight and a half. However, now that they’re finally sworn in, they’re eager to get started.

“I just want to help,” said Christopher Reid, a newly sworn-in officer. “I want to help anybody I can. I want to work on relations between the community, black people, Black Lives Matter, any kind of relationships between the police and the community, I want to help make it better.”

Attendance at the ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 6, was limited because of the coronavirus pandemic, but since the event was live-streamed, you can view it here.

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