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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – Forty-eight new officers were welcomed into the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on Wednesday.
The academy class of April 2021 was a diverse group, consisting of 35 men and 13 women from four different countries.
One of those graduates was Fernando Flores. Flores’ family moved from Mexico to Las Vegas when he was just 2 years old. A former student of El Dorado High School, Flores joined the Marine Corps immediately upon graduation.
He said one of his main goals was to support the Hispanic community in the valley.
“My passion has always been to protect those who cannot protect themselves,” said Flores. “I want to help my community, especially my Hispanic community. I think a lot of my community is scared. They don’t know much English. So they see someone in uniform, maybe they don’t want to talk to that person. “
Nicole Terry also graduated on Wednesday. Terry is originally from Pahrump and was interested in law enforcement from a young age. She said she should take this opportunity after losing her job during the pandemic.
“When the pandemic hit, a lot of my friends lost their jobs. I personally lost my job. I knew it was an opportunity for me to take something that was wrong with me and help the community. So, I applied and I am now here today, ”said Terry.
The April 2021 academy class was dedicated to ousted subway officer James Manor. Manor died in 2009 in a head-on collision while responding to a domestic incident.