Kimberly Klein is Derby Police Department’s newest intern, but when she’s graduated from her academy, she will take a job 5,000 miles away.
Klein is from a small town near Frankfurt, Germany and is in the final year of her police academy. In Germany, officers are in academy for three years, as opposed to the 14 weeks Kansas officers spend at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center before going into there respective department’s in-house training program.
“Really glad when I’m done because three years is a long time,” Klein said.
Klein chose Derby for the three-week internship to connect with her second family: she was an exchange student for a Derby family and even graduated from Rose Hill High School in 2011.
Riding in a patrol car alongside Derby officer Hunter Dierks is a good indicator of what her life as a German police officer will be like.
“We always have two patrol officers in one car, we’re not allowed to drive by ourselves. So we are always two in one car,” Klein said.
Along with the “kind” American people, Klein says she will miss the food here when she returns to Germany. Her favorites include Freddy’s Frozen Custard and HuHot Mongolian Grill.
Klein finishes up with Derby PD on Friday and will graduate her academy in June.