The Anchorage Police Department graduated another 30 newly minted officers from its latest academy on Thursday -- including one who has police work in her blood.

Chugiak High graduate Kylie Baker, 21, walked across the stage of the Wendy Williamson Auditorium at the University of Alaska Anchorage and became the third generation of Anchorage police officers in her immediate family.

The Anchorage Police Department graduated a police academy of 30 newly minted officers on Thursday, May 31, 2018. (Credit: From APD)

"I think it's pretty neat," said Kylie's dad Jade Baker. Jade Baker is a current APD homicide detective. 

Jade Baker and his dad Gregg Baker, a retired APD officer, joined Kylie on stage when she received her police badge. 

"I've had two amazing role models," said Kylie Baker.

Gregg Baker says that when he was with the force, alcohol was the big problem he saw around Anchorage. Jade Baker says meth is the big problem right now. He worries about that, as well as a small segment of the population who don't get along with police.

"They're going to hate you no matter what. And it's not going to hurt them to see you hurt or killed. And knowing that those kind of people are out there and that she's going to be facing them down, is, does scare me," said Jade Baker.

"You got to be able to go with the flow and learn how to handle things -- and I don't think she'll have any problem at all," Gregg Baker said of his granddaughter.

The newest academy class brings the total number of sworn officers in Anchorage to 429. APD is budgeted in 2018 for 451 officers; another academy class, set to get under way in a few weeks with 18 new recruits, will bring the department closer to that figure.

The new officers who graduated Thursday will now hit the streets for field training. They will ride with field training officers for five to six months before going out on their own.

The full list of graduates from APD includes:

Officer Tyler Ambrosia
Officer Dalton Arnold
Officer Kylie Baker
Officer Jordan Betts
Officer Michael Bragg
Officer Jeremiah Collins
Officer Adam Darden
Officer Broox Deatherage
Officer Valeria Estrella
Officer Joshua Feland
Officer Nathaniel Foster
Officer Bryan Hahn
Officer Daniel Kontess
Officer Tyler Kumpula
Officer Stephen McQueen
Officer Trevor Mumma
Officer Jacob Murray
Officer Morgan Padrnos
Officer Barry Reid
Officer Alexander Roman
Officer Cameron Saloka
Officer Timothy Sampson
Officer Hannah Sears
Officer Kristen Spears
Officer Ryan Stewman
Officer Michael Vang
Officer Colby Wallace
Officer Matthew Wilson
Officer Curtis Wockenfuss
Officer Christopher Wright

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