Experience, expertise, and passion: Bakersfield Police Department offers a chance to a second career


Samah Barakat celebrated her 40th birthday in the most unforgettable way – fulfilling her dream of becoming a police officer as a recruit in the Bakersfield Police Academy. On that day there weren’t any banners or black helium balloons that read “Over the Hill.” If anything, having a milestone birthday while in the middle of accomplishing a dream made her feel anything was possible, no matter how many candles were on her birthday cake. “I’ve wanted to be a police officer all of my life. I used to watch American television shows when I was a kid and I thought…

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