By Suzanne Le Mignot

CHICAGO (CBS) — They’re ready to hit the streets of Chicago to serve and protect.

Ninety seven men and women graduated from the Chicago Police Academy, becoming officers today. As CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports, each one knows they could face a life or death challenge every day.

As Officer Angelica Corvera crossed the stage at the Chicago Police graduation ceremony, tears filled her father’s eyes.

“I’m so proud for my daughter to be a police officer and to serve the community,” said Francisco Corvera.

“Being a police officer, is always what I wanted to do,” said officer Angelica Corvera.

Mother of four, Officer Megan Fleming has always wanted to protect, the people of Chicago, too.

“It’s a dream come true,” she said.

Both Corvera and Fleming know, challenges face them as new officers, on the streets of Chicago.

“You have to gain the trust, you have to get to know your community, to do your job out there and make a difference,” Corvera

Lt. Greg Sloyan has been on the force for nearly 20 years.

His advice for new officers?

“You can make this job, however you want it. If you have a bad attitude, well you’re going to have a bad experience. If you have a good attitude, you know you’re going to make a difference, you’re going to have a very positive career.”

In addition to the 97 new officers, there were 88 sergeant promotions and 13 lieutenant promotions.