SAN FRANCISCO—On Friday August 14, Rodney and Ronney Freeman became two of San Francisco’s newest police officers. Not only are the Freemans brothers, they are also identical twins born just one minute apart.
The Freemans attended their graduation ceremony honoring their fellow class of 32 officers that took place at the San Francisco Scottish Rite Masonic Center. The officers went through seven months of extensive training to become well-equipped to serve the streets of San Francisco.
Class president Rodney Freeman delivered a speech at the ceremony addressing the hard work he and his fellow classmates put in to receive their badges.
For the Freeman brothers, the area of the city they most want to serve is Visitacion Valley, the neighborhood they grew up in with their grandparents. It is known as an area where police and community members have been known to occasionally clash.
The brothers revealed to Fox’s KTVU that they had a number of negative encounters with law enforcement growing up and even developed a resentment for officers and their actions.
The Freeman brothers noted seeing a number of childhood friends killed and other incidents take place on the streets of their neighborhood, and gave them a desire to rise above the violence and want to become police officers.
The brothers’ graduation from the SF Police Academy won’t mark their first time sharing a monumental accomplishment in their lives.
Both were star basketball students at Raoul Wallenburg High School and later at Skyline College. Back in December, Skyline posted a congratulatory tweet to the brothers on their acceptance into the Police Academy.
Though they have entered into the force, the two officers still require to go through field training, which is expected to begin next week.