Several recruits go through Plainfield's Police Academy each year. Jason Frazier, Brazil resident and employee of the Brazil City Police, has a distinction, however. He graduated the program with honors and will be the first employee of the BCP to do so.
"We're very anxious to get him back," Terry Harrison, Chief of the Brazil City Police, said. "He's done a good job in the past and I'm sure he will continue to do so."
Harrison also said that Frazier will return to patrol duty, but that the Police Department had "extra plans for him down the road." There won't be any extra duties because of his title, he said, but on the downside there will be no extra perks.
"I wish there were some extra perks, but there aren't," he said.
Plainfield's Academy, approximately 45 miles East of Brazil, is a 15-week course that covers every basic aspect of a police officer's duty, according to Detective Mark Loudermilk.
"It's basic police training," he said. "All aspects of law enforcement, from top to bottom, are covered. Guns, defensive tactics, driving, laws, they're all there.
"It's just almost the same a basic training in the military. Drills, marches, and all. It's been a while since I've been there, but those are some pretty intense weeks."
This is the first time the Academy's term has run 15 weeks, up from last year's 12.
"Jason would come home with his laundry on the weekends, we'd do it, and he'd have to go back," Denise Frazier, Jason's mother, said. "His grandfather was on the Indiana State Police force for 27 years and the Chief of Police in Greencastle for 10, so he's very proud. The whole family is."
Frazier, who attended her son's graduation today, said it has been a long process for everyone involved.
"It's been a really long 15 weeks for all of us," she said, "and we're glad to see him home."
She also said that there will be a small family party held for her son.