It was a full house Friday, Oct. 28, at City Hall’s main chamber. Families and relatives of the graduating police officers were present to see the ceremony that marked the end of their long training sessions.
Mayor Bill Finch was in company of other elected officials, community leaders and clergy representatives. Lt. Lonnie Blackwell made the welcoming remarks. Immediately the new policemen marched from the back and sat in the front rows.
Imani Rochester and Geraldo Rullen were in charge of the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the National Anthem by Philip Norris and Sheldon Mayne. The Rev. Simón Castillo said the invocation.
Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. served as master of ceremonies. He commended the newcomers for their perseverance during the rigorous training. After Finch conducted the oath of office, a video of the class was presented.
The ceremonies ended with the benediction by Officer Kenneth Ruge, deacon of St. Ambrose Church.