WINSTON SALEM, N.C. -- When Winston Salem's newest police officers are sworn in on Friday, Nikki Young will hopefully get some sleep. The story of this busy mom of three is inspiring for even seasoned police officers who have worked with so many police recruits.
Young reported for Basic Law Enforcement Training just three months after having her youngest daughter and aced the rigorous training in spite of her very demanding family life.
"We start off pretty difficult. Running, pushups, calisthenics right off. We have college graduates who struggle with our academics. Thirty-six tests they have to pass for each subject. She's done very well academically and actually done very well physically. Got our most improved physical fitness award," said Sgt. John Morris with the Winston-Salem Police Department.
Police training is tough from the get go, much like the military. That means if one person messes up, the whole class pays the penalty. It wasn't just rigorous workouts, but academics too, for six months.
"Usually, I'll try to cook supper, do laundry, get cleaning done, girls bathed, ready for bed. When they go to sleep is about the time I start studying," Young said.
She'd hit the sack at 11, but not for long. "One of the girls is up at 2:30, other at 3:45. Get up at 5:45 for work. Really little sleep."
"That's what we want. Officers who are working every night trying to make the city a better place for people. She's got that drive, that determination. think she's going to do outstanding," said Sgt. Morris.
Young will get her badge Friday with 28 other people in the Benton Convention Center.