IMLAY CITY, Mich (FOX 2) - Imlay City recently announced the hiring of Javier Sanchez, a former police intern and resident as the newest officer in the police department.
Sanchez recently graduated from the Oakland Police Academy as part of the 125th graduating class.
He received his Law Enforcement certificate from Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and the Oakland Police Academy along with 62 other police recruits from across the region Dec. 7.
Sanchez started his first patrol shift Dec. 8.
The Imlay City Police Department received a state grant for $25,000 earlier this year to put Sanchez through the police academy and share in some of the equipment costs.
Police Chief Brett Selby stated that law enforcement needs good candidates like Sanchez.
"We certainly could benefit from more state and local funding for law enforcement services," he said. "Javier was hired as a part of the department’s succession plan for education and growth."
Sanchez is excited to put his knowledge to work and give back to the community he is so deeply rooted in.
He will undergo a 16-week field training officer program specific to Imlay City to prepare him further for his specific career in the city in addition to the 19 weeks he just finished at the academy.