SPRINGFIELD, NJ - At Tuesday's township committee meeting, Officer Boris Yusupov was sworn in as a new probationary patrol member of the Springfield Police Department.

Before joining the force, Yusupov was born and raised in Elizabeth, graduating from Seton Hall with a degree in diplomacy and international relation. Yusupov joined the union County Sheriff's Department in 2016 after being hired by the organization. He was with the county sheriff's office before coming over to the Springfield Police Department in late December.

Yusupov, who had been officially sworn in earlier in the month was joined at the ceremony by his girlfriend Gina Melkowits along with his father Iosif Yusupov and father’s girlfriend Dina Krotin. Upon reciting his oath of office, officer Yusupov had his badge pinned to his uniform by Police Chief and Acting Township Administrator John Cook. After the short ceremony, Cook took some time to say a few words about how happy he was to have Yusupov on the force.

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"I'd like to welcome you to our family," Cook said to Yusupov, "To your parents and family and friends here, thank you for entrusting us with him. We guarantee that we are going to take good care of him."

As for Officer Yusupov himself, he expressed a desire to to get out on the street and begin helping the community.

"I'm extremely excited," Yusupov said. "This is a great town to work for. great things about this department, great things about the chief, about the administration. The officer morale is very high, I'm just excited to get on the streets and make a difference."