NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The police department added four new cops this week, bringing the number of sworn officers in New Brunswick to 147, according to the city.

Local officials celebrated the four new hires during a swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday morning, Jan. 25, at City Hall.

“These men join an outstanding police department known throughout the state and beyond as a dedicated, well trained and professional law enforcement agency,” Mayor Jim Cahill said in a written statement.

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The rookies recently completed training at the Cape May Police Academy. While there, they learned about criminal and driving laws, how to build relationships with the community, ethics and more, according to the city.

Upon being sworn in, John Quick IV, Thomas Raoul, Daniel Labos and William Carroll were assigned to the police force’s operations divisions, where they’ll work as patrol officers.

Each new cop earned $8.38 per hour during their 21 weeks of training, city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw said. They worked 40 hours per week during that time.

Now that they wear the badge, the officers earn a starting annual salary of $46,478 per year, Bradshaw said.

The hirings work toward New Brunswick’s goal of maintaining “around 150” working police officers, she said.

“They’re new positions, but we also had some retirements last year,” she added.