TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Forty cadets are now in training to become Toledo's newest police officers.
The next six months will be tough for the new cadets as they train to protect and serve Toledo's communities.
The idea is if they can handle it in the classroom, they can handle it on the streets.
It's tough. It's grueling. Training is designed to get inside the cadets' heads.
From intense physical fitness to the stress of micromanagement, the next six months will transform these cadets, teaching them to keep their thoughts clear under fire.
While an average of three to five cadets quit each year, the cadets remain optimistic.
"I mean yeah, it's tough, but you just got to get through it, get past it. It's not going to be like that forever, only six months," said cadet Brianna Gebstadt.
The department is eager for the new cadets to become full-fledged officers.
The 600-men force is currently short about 100 officers.
Ultimately, the police academy trainers encourage cadets not to give up, reminding them why this preparation is so important.
"That's the realities of this job. Physical fitness is no joke. That's why we're preparing you. You have to be able to defend yourself if you want to go home at night to your families," said Lt. Sean Jones, with the Toledo Police Academy.
Training will be difficult, but as Chief Kral tells these cadets, it's an honor to put on the uniform, and he can't wait for them to feel what he feels every day.