MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It's a moment the members of the Montgomery Police Academy's Class 2017-B will probably not forget anytime soon.
Thursday, while addressing the 23 recruits who were just minutes from becoming new police officers, Mayor Todd Strange enlisted the help of a baby to get his point across.
Strange casually walked up to a mom sitting in the front row who was holding her baby, named Honesty. With laughter from the audience, the mayor picked up the small child and began walking toward the sitting graduates.
"She doesn't have a clue what's happening to her," he smiled.
"This is why you do this," Strange said pointing to the little girl. "It's to protect, defend, and to serve... "
The new officers were later sworn-in and will soon begin their first assignments in the MPD Patrol Division.
Honesty gave the mayor a good stare down before being returned to her mom.?
[Editor's note: While audio in the clip is not perfect, it should be clear enough to understand.]