PATERSON, NJ - Mayor Andre Sayegh and a cadre of local leaders, including Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, and Paterson City Council members Ruby Cotton and Luis Velez, welcomed seven new members to the Paterson Police Department Monday.

"It's not easy being an officer," Sayegh said before delivering the oath to the seven men. "It's about sacrifice, but you're doing it for a noble cause."

Referring to them as the "maginficent seven" in the same breath as mentioning the seven members of the Paterson Polcie Department that have lost their jobs in past months, Sayegh offered his confidence that the new officers would "return honor" to the uniform.

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"We are holding you to the highest standards, do not let us down," Sayegh said.

The Sunday in-the-line of duty death of NYPD officer Brian Mulkeen, for whom Sayegh called for a moment of silence, Speziale warned, was a reminder that "this is a dangerous job," while assuring the new officers that all present want them "to go home every single night to your loved one."

Urging them to always maintain dignity, respect, compassion, and empathy for all they serve Speziale reminded them that "this is public service, public service is about public trust."

"Remember to treat everybody how you would want your mom treated," he urged before concluding "never lose your integrity"

Standing in for Police Chief Troy Oswald was Deputy Chief of Police Mike Baycora  who welcomed the new officer to a "noble and honorable profession." Urging them to build their careers by being honest, fair, caring, and selfless Baycora urged the seven to be the type of person others look up to.

Sworn in were:

Damir Gee

Wojciech Kulbabinski 

Dashawn Hinton

Craig Drace

Sean Torres

Bishnu McKnight

Kevin Brito


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