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New Police Academy graduates never had second thoughts

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Despite this weeks tragic ambush, some in eastern Iowa are diving head first into the line of work.

After 17 weeks of training the Cedar Rapids Regional Police Academy held a graduation ceremony this afternoon.

For Austin Mensen, being a police officer has been a dream for a long time.

Now, with his badge and his classmates by his side it's official.

Family and friends know the risk involved and they're supporting their officers every step of the way, like Mensen's mother.

"Very nervous but you know as a mother you just support, you support them in the decisions that they make," says Judy Mensen.

This particular graduating class started their training with the academy the day after five police officers were shot and killed in Dallas and they graduate just days after two officers were murdered in the Des Moines area.

Mensen says he never second guessed the opportunity to protect and serve.

"The Cheif and Captain O'Konek both said after the Texas incident that if this isn't what you signed up for the door was there and nobody left then and even with the one hitting close to home in Des Moines and Urbandale here, nobody has left then either," he tells us.

His mother is proud but worried in the wake of what happened just days ago close to home.

"It just breaks your heart to know that that family is going through that and I just hope I never do," Judy Mensen says.

"It's like Chief Jerman said, it's the noblest profession out there I mean people are running away and we are running in," Austin Mensen told us.

Nine of the graduates will go to the Cedar Rapids Police Department, one will go to the North Liberty Police Department, another will go to the Tipton Police Department, two will go to the Department of Corrections and one will go to the Cedar Rapids Fire Department as an arson investigator.

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