Recruit Training Officer discovers you have to be ‘cruel to be kind’ at Bakersfield Police Department


The first thing you notice about Officer Macarena Garner is she’s about 5 feet tall. Maybe 5’1” when she’s wearing her Campaign Cover that adds a bit of height due to its pointy top. But to be clear, her size doesn’t slow her down as Bakersfield Police Department’s first full-time female Recruit Training Officer (RTO). In fact, she prides herself on knowing it’s the combination of her size, demeanor and ability to discipline that makes her a great mentor. “The first two weeks at the academy is all about yelling and discipline,” said Garner. “It’s not that we are trying…

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