MLEA graduates record number of female officers
It's graduation day for a group of law enforcement students and, it's been a long time coming.
They came together 12 weeks ago from many different walks of life, but all with the same goal. And today Montana law enforcement grows by another 43 officers.
MLEA Administrator Kevin Olson said, "It's a humbling moment, we hope we provided them all the tools that they'll need in order to have a successful career."
Gail Stoudt made the trip from Illinois to watch her son take this next step in his career. She says it's different from when she watched him graduate high school.
Stoudt said, "This is my son realizing his dream. And that's what you hope and wish for your children."
For future Helena Police Officer Kristina Wruck, today shows just how far she's come.
Wruck said, "It was a really long process, but then again at the end of it, it's like oh my God, it's over already. I feel like I just got here, but it was very important to put that stamp on the hard work we did."
Wruck says when she started this process she was hardly able to pass the physical test to get into the academy. Now she holds one of the top records for females in the state.
"It's being here, doing my work, being a student, going home being a mom, constant one thing after another, but it's what I live for," stated Wruck.
This graduating class of officers tied for the highest number of women enrolled, with a total of six.
Administrators say now the officers will go to their individual agencies where they will complete about three months of on the job training.