New Fairbanks Police recruits are eager to serve their community

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The Fairbanks Police Department is developing some new recruits.

After finishing their training at the Police Academy, Andrew Wixon and Sydney Rosenbalm continue their education at FPD.

"I would say being a police officer has been more than I expected it to be. It's definitely something different every day. Always doing something different that you didn't expect but it's been a lot of fun. I'm really enjoying it. Coming to work and I'm looking forward to serving the community."

Andrew Wixon and Sydney Rosenbalm are both Field training officers at FPD.
For Wixon, his interest in police work came while he was in college studying criminal justice.

Recruit Rosenbalm felt that law enforcement was the perfect match.

"A couple years ago I decided I needed to get serious about finding a career and I was doing a lot of career searching and I came across police officer and I looked at the requirements for what you need as a police officer and I kept reading it and I was like, that's me, that's it, that's what I've got to do and everything kind of moved forward from there."

Both recruits recently graduated from the Police Academy held in Sitka.
Wixon says it was a tough experience but well worth the time.

"It was a challenging, a challenging academy. It was physically and mentally but overall I think it did a really good job of preparing us for here. From the little things that you didn't think were necessary like when they made me get dressed in 10 minutes. I can see how it's already paid off in real life, going day to day, shift to shift and all the stress that they put you on, I feel like it helped prepare me as best you could for real life. It's still a safe environment I mean if I mess up there nothing really bad happens but when you're out in the field things can change really quick for you but overall I think it was a good experience and I'm really glad I got to go to the Sitka Academy."

There are currently four new recruits attending the Police Academy who should be returning in November.
And for those interested in law enforcement, Rosenbalm says:
"Go for it. Absolutely go for it. It's worth the time and energy you put into it and it's absolutely rewarding. FPD is a great place to work. There's great people. The academy is challenging but absolutely prepares you for what you're going to face."