MISSOULA – The Missoula Police Department swore in six new officers Tuesday afternoon at the Missoula City Council chambers.
The process for the new officers started back in March with a written exam and continued with interviews, background checks and other tasks until Tuesday’s ceremony.
Now the rookies will head off to the police academy where they will complete their training.
Most new cadets were sworn in by Missoula Mayor John Engen, but one lucky cadet was sworn-in by a familiar face.
"That was my grandfather that came up. instead of shaking the mayor’s hand I shook my grandfather’s hand," said MPD recruit Sean Mclean. "It was more exciting, but almost more comforting. There I was with a man I have known my entire life and it was a big moment."
Sean’s father is also a member of the police force, and his grandfather is former Missoula District Court Judge Ed Mclean who retired in 2015.