The Longview Police Department welcomed 11 new officers and a sergeant to their force Wednesday. The officers stood before friends and family reciting the police officer's oath. They then received their badges. One is the first Hispanic female, who says she always wanted to be a police officer and work with Longview's Hispanic community.
Linda Perez says, "I'm just very overwhelmed, it's a great feeling to have, to be able to graduate the police academy, and then move on and work my way up from where I used to be, I used to be a cook, to this, so I'm very proud."
With these new recruits, the police department now has 154 officers.