PATERSON, NJ - Rodolfo Silva dreamed of a career in law enforcement when he grew up. He even remembers drawing pictures of police officers as a little boy, he told TAPinto Paterson.
On Monday, after six grueling months in the Bergen County Police Academy, Silva and 13 others stood up, raised their right hands, and took an oath to protect and serve the residents of Paterson as members of the Paterson Police Department.
The city hall ceremony started on a solemn note as Mayor Andre Sayegh called for a moment of silence in honor of JCPD Detective Joseph Seals, killed in the line of duty on December 10.
“What happened to Detective Seals could have happened anywhere,” Sayegh said.
Transitioning to a celebratory tone, Sayegh turned his attention to newly promoted Paterson Police Deputy Chief Robert Van Kluyve, an example, he told the new police officers, of a “conscientious public servant.”
The example Van Kluyve has set, Sayegh said, should be a reminder that the careers they were embarking on are not just about law enforcement, but also leadership.
Work ethic, team building, and passion, Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald said, were all values that carried the recruits through the academy, and ones, he offered hope, that they’d retain throughout their time serving the community.
All will we be faced with “sticky situations” but should always remember to “be kind to people, treat them as you would want to be treated.”
“I’ll see you on the streets” the popular chief promised.
Among the family members in the audience were Silva’s parents who both shared that they were proud of their son.
“He always like to help his friends,” Jose Silva said when asked what attributes Rodolfo had that they thought would help him in his chosen career.
Fresh off her role as a resident participant in The Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University’ Voting Block initiative, Doreen Johnson, a longtime resident of Presidential Towers, smiled when she learned about the new additions to the police force.
“Hopefully we will be able to sit down outside and enjoy the park,” Johnson said, lamenting that the threat of violence often keeps her and her neighbors from venturing outside. “Extra police will help,” she suggested, adding her belief that the growing department is a sign that the Sayegh Administration is being “responsive” to resident’s concerns.
Sworn in Monday were:
P.O. Elizabeth Konboz
P.O. Maxwell Francisco
P.O. Fernando Saithilaire
P.O. Tyquan Greer
P.O. Luis Gonzalez
P.O. Mark Alverez
P.O. Emily Gonzalez
P.O. Noel Irizarry
P.O. John Annaloro
P.O. Anzour Marza
P.O. Rodolfo Silva
P.O. Angel Acevedo
P.O. Joselito Perez
P.O. Melanie Delacruz
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