Perseverance and a helping hand helps new recruit become a Bakersfield police officer

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Ian Whittington grew up in the wine country town of Atascadero in California’s scenic central coast and always knew he wanted to become a police officer. It was his childhood dream. But what the 25-year-old Whittington didn’t know is that Bakersfield Police Department would be instrumental to making his dream come true. On June 24, Whittington graduated from the Law Enforcement Training Academy at the Bakersfield Police Department. The road to becoming Officer Whittington wasn’t an easy one. He started his career as an Army reserve and then became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT.) Through his training in different parts…