LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews 3) -- While the controversy continues over whether cops should be added to the Metro force, other agencies are welcoming a new class of first responders.
On Thursday six deputy city marshals, 12 corrections officers and one fire investigator were officially welcomed to valley streets at at the College of Southern Nevada, Cheyenne Campus, Horn Theater.
The deputy city marshals recently completed a 21-week academy on various topics including training in building searches, felony car stops, search and seizure, criminal offenses, firearms training and more.
News 3 wanted to know who are they and why do they want to join.
The training took as long as six months and the grimaces on their faces show this was tough but for 19 graduates it was worth it.
“Everything from fire arms, defensive driving, tactics,” said new graduate Sergio Narvaez.
Narvaez says it's something he's wanted to do as a kid and now he's ready to join one of three agencies -- Henderson police, Las Vegas Detention and Enforcement and Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.
For graduate Byran Richardson, getting the badge was in his blood.
“My father did 32 years, my brother is a marshal so I come from a law enforcement family so it's my time to fall in place,” Richardson said.
Family played a role in a different way for graduate Brandon Soares.
“I’m a proud father of two girls, proud husband and they've had to deal with me gone, or constantly studying. It really does take an entire family,” Soares said.
A sacrifice -- but it's part of the call and commitment.
“You're going out there on the streets, it’s a dangerous job but they train us well and I’m looking forward to doing it” Narvaez said.
They're off to protect our streets.