The City today swore in seven new police officers, promoted one officer to Sergeant and appointed another to Detective.
The new officers bolster the Police Department’s ranks from 79 to 86. The official ceremony took place this afternoon in the Common Council Chambers at City Hall.
“The city has taken aggressive and insightful steps toward recruitment – and our efforts are clearly paying off. We welcome these new officers and are pleased to see these promotions as well,” said Mayor Rob Rolison.
As part of their recruitment strategy, city police officials provided free help to city residents taking part in the Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff Exam. The Police Department obtained a list of city residents scheduled to take the exam has focused on hiring from within the community, one of the recommendations of the city’s Procedural Justice Committee that was included in the city’s Police Reform & Modernization Collaborative Plan sent to the state in 2021.
“We have worked hard to recruit and hire more people from the community and appreciate the efforts that have been made by many, especially to broaden diversity in our ranks. This is important to the community – and to the Police Department as well,” said Police Chief Tom Pape.
The new officers are: Ismael Chisholm, Carisma Collins, Joseph Dworkin, Thomas Elem, Gerry Mendez, Matthew Ragni, and Walter Urieta-Cruz
Also at today’s ceremony, Officer Gregory Schwarzenegger was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and Officer Daniel Horton was appointed to the rank of Detective.