New Covington Police recruit comes from National Guard

The Covington Police Department's newest recruit, Jackson Sora, poses with Police Chief Brian Valenti and Mayor Joe Meyer, right.

COVINGTON, Ky. – Covington Mayor Joe Meyer administered the oath of office today to the Police Department’s newest recruit, Jackson Sora, a Northern Kentucky native and enlisted soldier.

Sora is enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard and is currently seeking his Officer Commission in the Army ROTC program. He’s completing his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and history at Northern Kentucky University.

“It’s a lifelong dream to be a police officer,” said Sora. “Then I did a ride-along during my freshman year of college and I kind of fell in love with Covington.”

Prior to administering the oath, Mayor Meyer spoke to Sora about what it means to be a Covington police officer and the support that comes with the position.

“You will find that Covington is very interesting, challenging, and rewarding, all at the same time, and that being a police officer here is not like being a police officer in other cities around us because of our demographic and the issues we deal with,” said Meyer. “Know that when you work for Covington, you work with the full support of your administration and the City government.”

Covington Police Chief Brian Valenti said Sora will attend the police academy in Richmond and be on the street answering calls for the Department in about a year.

“It’s great to have him with us,” said Valenti, referring to the Department’s long effort to increase its number of officers. “We are slowly but surely getting back to our manpower numbers.”

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