UCF Police swore in five new officers during a swearing-in ceremony that took place at the UCF Police Department on Monday.
The new officers were joined by family, friends, UCF PD staff and leadership members as well as other members of the UCF community, according to a press release.
“These new officers show our commitment to diversity, as well as bringing experienced and educated law enforcement officers to serve the citizens of the University of Central Florida [and] we’re real proud,” UCF Police Chief Richard Beary said.
Beary swore in officers Terrell Alexander, Jared Engel, Agustin Gonzalez, Ricky Lopez and a fifth officer who did not wish to be identified by media.
One of the newly-sworn-in officers, officer Ricky Lopez, first joined UCF PD as an intern while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal at UCF.
“What I’m looking forward to right now, as an international student from Colombia ... I would like to work closely with the international students to educate them and to show them the many things the department offers to them,” said officer Ricky Lopez. “Some of those [students] don’t know the many services we offer to them, so I’m going to try work closely with them to make sure they feel [like] part of the UCF family,” he said.
UCF PD plans on hiring more officers for the next several years. The department expects to hire two additional classes, with four to five officers each, and another group of officers is expected to join the department in February, according to a press release.
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