On September 27th, 2018, Officer Jennifer Page graduated from the NCTCOG (North Central Texas Council of Governments) Regional Police Academy, and joined the Southlake Police Department.
Officer Page started the academy on April 16th, 2018. Over the last 25 weeks, she was trained in marksmanship, criminal law, family code, and traffic code. During the graduation ceremony, she was awarded 2nd place in her class in the Top Shot Marksmanship and 3rd place in overall Physical Fitness.
On one occasion during the academy, the recruits were told they would have a nice and easy day learning CPR. That lesson quickly escalated into “Extreme CPR,” as the recruits first had to run 400 meters, do burpees, push-ups, sit-ups, jump a 6’ wall, keep their composure as they got on the radio in a mock foot pursuit, then locate the suspect and then handcuff them, and only then did they then begin their CPR lesson.
Officer Page stated that when she was in her mid-twenties, she knew she wanted to be in law enforcement. However at that time, she had a young family and didn’t feel it was the right time. Now that her family has grown up, and with her husband also in law enforcement, she felt it was time to follow her dream.
When choosing a city to work for, Officer Page said she had watched Southlake grow and always admired that there was a direction the city was taking and a goal to be achieved. She loved the focus on the community and she spoke with many Southlake officers, both current and retired.
Officer Page will now complete a 16-week FTO (Field Training Officer) program, in which she will ride with senior officers to continue her training.