21 graduates join Winston-Salem police force

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Winston-Salem Police Basic Law Enforcement Training Class 65 pose for a portrait after graduation on Friday, April 5, 2013 in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Vincent Stephens is proud that his daughter Jasmine Stephens has become a Winston-Salem police officer.

He is a police officer, too.

Vincent Stephens watched Friday as his daughter and 20 other graduates of Winston-Salem Police Basic Law Enforcement Training Class 65 officially joined the police force, after completing 27 weeks of training and what was estimated at 70,000 pushups among them.

“I feel that if I can do it, she can do it,” Vincent Stephens said. “She will be fine.”

Jasmine Stephens, who is 23, said she was a sophomore at Methodist University in Fayetteville when she decided she wanted to be a police officer. Her father told her it wasn’t easy — a point reinforced Friday when several speakers referred to the strict selection process that weeds out many applicants.

“He warned me that it was going to be hard,” she said, recalling conversations she had with her father.

Full story: The Winston-Salem Journal.