Five new officers take oath

Published 10:33 pm Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Suffolk Clerk of Circuit Court Randy Carter administers the oath of office to five new officers in a ceremony Wednesday in City Council chambers.

The Suffolk Police Department added five new officers to its ranks during a ceremony Wednesday.

Family, friends, city officials and fellow police officers filled City Council chambers to witness the badge pinning ceremony for Danielle Anderson, Cheryl Blair, Matthew Moraczewski, Zachery Potwine and Shelly Simpson.

The five have completed their first of three phases of training. They now will enter the post-academy phase, where they learn the specifics of how police work is done in Suffolk. In the last, most important phase, according to Police Chief Thomas Bennett, each rookie officer is paired with a field training officer, where they apply everything they have learned to the street.

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Bennett directed remarks to the officers during the ceremony, reminding them to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity, learn from their mistakes, never stop learning and develop their own policing style.

“Decide what you want and go after it,” he said. “You learn something every day, if you really pay attention to what’s going on around you.”

City Manager Selena Cuffee-Glenn also congratulated the new officers, commenting on how their dedication and determination had led them to the important moment.

Family members of the new officers presented them with their badges. Bennett also thanked the officers’ families for sacrifices they have already made and those they will make in the future.