NEW BRUNSWICK — Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred S. Scott welcomed 19 new recruits to the ranks at a swearing-in ceremony Friday, Dec. 20.
County officials, officers, friends and family gathered at the Middlesex County Administration Building in New Brunswick to witness the ceremony, during which 18 Sheriff’s Officers and one Sheriff’s Investigator took the oath of office.
“A law enforcement professional is one of the most challenging, but I think one of the most rewarding roles in public service,” said Scott, speaking to the recruits. “Always be thinking forward and love what you do.”
Scott remarked that this was one of the largest graduating classes she has witnessed.
“Our new recruits will strengthen our ability to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and their families,” said Middlesex County Freeholder H. James Polos, chair of the Public Safety and Health Committee.
Each of the officers successfully completed 24 weeks of training prior to being sworn in. Seventeen of the recruits graduated from the Somerset County Police Academy, while two others graduated from Monmouth County Police Academy. They are all residents of Middlesex County.
Some of the recruits carried out ceremonial duties as part of Friday’s event Officer Miomi De La Cruz sang the “Star Spangled Banner.” Officer Christopher Atkinson gave the invocation. Class Leader, Officer Antonio Damas, shared remarks with the audience and his classmates.
“Preserving the quality of life and safety of our citizens is an essential mission,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I commend the newest members of our Sheriff’s Office for committing themselves to making Middlesex County the great place that it is.”
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