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27 new officers join the Birmingham Police Department

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Twenty-seven officers took their oath of office on Friday. Source: WBRC video Twenty-seven officers took their oath of office on Friday. Source: WBRC video
L-R: New officer Darion Lewis and his mother, Sgt. Mary Lewis. Source: WBRC video L-R: New officer Darion Lewis and his mother, Sgt. Mary Lewis. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Birmingham will soon have more officers hitting the streets.

Twenty-seven recent graduates of the Birmingham Police Academy took their oath of service Friday.

After the violence in Ferguson, Missouri Police Chief A.C. Roper told the new officers it will be their job to build relationships with communities they police.

"As we graduate these officers we want them to understand the trust that is necessary for our department to be successful," Roper said.

It was an emotional ceremony for one mother. Sgt. Mary Lewis' son Darion joined her on the police force.

"My only son. My only child. I guess he would follow in my footsteps. I'm proud of that and the same time I was scared of him taking this job but I know he can do it," Lewis said.

Officer Lewis saw his mother wear the uniform every day and how she made a difference. While Darion Lewis may have been discouraged somewhat by what he saw in Ferguson he understands what his job requires.

"All I can do is keep the place I patrol safe and the community safe," DarionLewis said.

Roper told his new officers that great power comes with great responsibility.

Officer Calvin Hampton said they will not let what happened in Ferguson deter them.

"There are bad images going around for us right now. Not a lot. Things like the officer in Ferguson doesn't look good for us but it encourages us even more," Roper said.

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