At a time when police across the country are under attack, Stockton Police appointed 18 new police officers to their ranks in a ceremony Monday.
“Those are our 18 new officers, why don’t you give them a round of applause, please.”
Family and friends of the newest members of Stockton’s finest celebrated as Police Chief Eric Jones named each officer. Chief Jones spoke to them about the dangers they face as they begin their new jobs.
“We’ve seen fallen officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas and some would like to think there is a war on police officers, which we know and I said recently is a war on this country and is a war on all of us. But you followed your calling and I thank you for that.”
Twenty-six-year-old Officer Nathan Thalen is married with two children.
He says he hopes to make Stockton a safer place to live but is aware of the dangers.
“It does certainly want to keep you on your toes, again our training is there, teaching us to be vigilant and also to understand there are risks that come with the job.”
Stockton’s police force now stands at 409 sworn officers with the goal of hiring 80 more.