Salute to First Responders: Officer Taylor Wood

(source: WPMI)

After 4 grueling month these Mobile police cadets are ready to walk across the stage and hit the streets. Chief James Barber is ready to fill his ranks.

With the first class of 2017, 19 more officers are added to more than 500 who have sworn to serve and protect.

Cathryn Cormier is a mother of three. She says she is now in the best shape of her life and ready to make a difference.

This and subsequent groups of recruits are a little easier to retain now that the Stimpson administrationhas passed more competitive pay for officers. But for these men and women in blue, it has never been about the paycheck.