PATERSON, NJ - Amayara Hoque is nervous about seeing her brother become a member of the Paterson Police Department she told TAPinto Paterson just minutes after he, and nine others, took their oaths to “protect and serve.” She is also confident, she added, knowing that her big brother’s “faith and strength” will carry him through six months of grueling training, and a career in law enforcement.

Badrul Hoque, Mohammad’s father, also stood by proudly, saying that while many family members have served in the military, his son is the first to wear a policeman’s uniform. 

The Paterson City Council Chambers was filled to capacity Monday with dozens of family members of the newly sworn recruits, all showing pride, excitement, and nervousness rolled together. 

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As has his become his custom, Police Chief Troy Oswald directed the recruits to stand up and turn to face their families, applauding their parents, grandparents, spouses, and others, that the Department’s head said had instilled in each the work ethic they’d need on the streets.

The coming training, he warned them, will be “grinding.”

“You’ll be getting yelled at,” Oswald, whose own retirement after 32 years on the job comes February 1, said with the foreshadowing of an experienced professional. “You’ll be getting ready for the job.”

Third Ward Councilman Bill McKoy, himself a veteran of countless similar ceremonies during his time on the legislative body, had a special reason for attending as his youngest son, Matthew, took the oath.

“Our family is making a sacrifice also,” McKoy said, perhaps speaking for all in the room. “”But we stand with you, knowing you will make a difference.”

“You are the change we need.”

Also showing her appreciation of the work the men are about to undertake was Council President Martiza Davila. Calling her colleagues that were in attendance to join her at the podium Davila said that "this body supports public safety, and anybody that wants to do right by Paterson."

“You will be tested and tempted,” Mayor Andre Sayegh warned. “But you will also be trusted,” he added, encouraging them to work learn CPR: Courtesy, respect, and professionalism.

With integrity and honesty a common theme throughout all the speeches Mayor Andre Sayegh brought the event to a climax by reciting the oath, repeated back to him strongly and confidently by each of the recruits.

In an impromptu gathering in Sayegh’s office following the formal ceremony Paterson Police Director, in what could have double for a sideline speech during a big game, offered more words of encouragement. 

Sworn in were:

Matthew McKoy

Devrin Egipciaco

Steven Castro

Francy Santos

Kedwin Cosme

Troy Lewis

Mohammad Hoque

Renzo Guzman

Oliver Garcia

Qiao Lin

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