Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office cadets volunteered Friday at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma before being sworn in as detention officers.
The cadets separated, packed, and loaded fresh produce, giving them a chance to do something meaningful for the community before graduation next week.
Communications Manager Greg Arskin said they wouldn’t be able to function without help.
"Last year, we had about 10,000 volunteers and that saved the food bank over a million dollars in labor costs," said Arskin.
The 19 detention officer cadets are volunteering as part of their community service project.
Soundra Walker has a passion for giving back and has always dreamed of being part of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.
"I’m really enjoying today and I’m happy that I can come out and serve and be part of the Tulsa community in the fight against hunger," Walker said.
Walker received her criminal justice degree in 1989 and was a security guard before starting the academy.
She said the cadet’s training has been a positive influence in all of their lives.
"It’s helped us to become better than what we normally are by being pushed to exceed beyond our limits," Walker said.
As for the 56-year-old cadet, she said age nor any other barrier will stop her from accomplishing her goals.
"After I do the required time that I have to do in the county jail, I’m looking forward to moving up to a deputy," Walker said.
The cadets graduate Tuesday and then go to work the next day.
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