The City of Charleston has three new police officers. Mayor Danny Jones swore in the recruits Friday morning at city hall.
They start at the academy on Monday. It will be four months of rigorous training. Eric Roberts, of Pinch, says he’s ready to go.
“It’s challenging but I already know what to expect,” Roberts said.
That’s because, after he graduated from high school, he joined the U.S. Army. When he left the military, he still felt the need to protect and serve. But there weren’t too many opportunities in law enforcement. He says he’s waited to get this chance.
“I’ve been working construction jobs and it’s always in and out. This will be more of a steady income,” according to Roberts. “Mostly I’d like to serve my community the best I can.”
He believes that he can have an impact.
“I see a lot of bad things happening. I hope I can make difference.”
Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster says, with the new hires on the force, they are still shy of a full staff.
“We currently still have three openings that we’re trying to fill. We have 160 officers now and we’re authorized for three more,” the chief said.
Webster hopes to fill those positions as soon as possible. He says the new recruits will be a huge help once they’ve made it through the academy and are able to hit the streets this summer.