Yorktown Police Chief Robert Noble inducted four new police officers to the Yorktown Police Department at the Sept. 17 Town Board meeting at Yorktown Town Hall.
The four new officers are Joyce Pagliuca, Michael Uhl, Carter Rana and Guillermo Lizarzaburu.
Pagliuca is a Yorktown resident who graduated from Yorktown High School in 2014. While in high school, she played junior and varsity soccer, as well as travel soccer and participated in track and field. In 2010, Pagliuca joined the Putnam County Sheriff’s Cadet Program. In her senior year of high school, Pagliuca was awarded the Marine Corps Award for dedication to sports and the cadet program.
Pagliuca attended the College of Mount Saint Vincent, obtaining her bachelor’s degree in 2018, with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology. Pagliuca graduated with a master’s degree in childhood and special education this past July. While in college, Paglicua earned academic honor roll, as well as the MVP award for lacrosse in 2016. She was also a student teacher, teaching third grade at Amber Charter School in the Bronx.
Pagliuca knew she wanted to persue law enforcement when her father, Frank Pagliuca, graduated from the Westchester Police Academy in 2006. During her summers throughout college, she was a Seasonal Park Ranger for Westchester County Department of Public Safety.
Currently, she is attending the Westchester Police Academy and will graduate in December. She will complete a three month field training program for the Yorktown Police and then go out on patrol.
Pagliuca thanked parents and friends, the Town Board, Chief Noble, Lieutenant Graham, Lieutenant DeIulio and Detective Nadoraski for “allowing her to pursue her dream in the town she calls home.”
Uhl moved to Mohegan Lake with his family in 1995, when he was three years old. He is a graduate from Lakeland High School. Following high school, Uhl joined the New York Army National Guard. In the summer of 2010, he attended Army basic training and infantry school in Fort Benning, GA. While in the National Guard, he worked as part of the joint task force, providing protection to Camp Smith and Indian Point.
In 2012, Uhl deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2013, he became a corrections officer for the Westchester County Department of Corrections and a member of the office’s emergency response unit. He was also a general topics and firearms instructor for the department.
Uhl, like Paglicua, is currently attending the Westchester Police Academy and will graduate in December. He will then complete the three month field training program for the Yorktown Police Department before being placed on patrol. Uhl is eager to work for Yorktown Police and provide safety and security to the community.
Uhl thanked Chief Noble and the department, as well as thanking his family, the town board and his wife.
“Thank you to everybody and I’m looking forward to working here in the town of Yorktown,” Uhl said.
Officer Rana is from Burnt Hills. He graduated from Burnt Hills High School. While in high school, he played baseball and was a member of the Class A State Championship baseball team in 2011.
Rana graduated from SUNY Cortland with a bachelor’s in physical education.
In October 2017, he started his law enforcement career with the New York State Park Police and was stationed in New York City. He patrolled all five boroughs and helped monitor criminal and possible terrorist activity.
Rana looks forward to a rewarding career protecting and serving the Yorktown community. He has completed the required field training and is currently on patrol for the Yorktown Police Department.
“It’s truly an honor,” Rana said.
Rana thanked the Town Board for the opportunity, as well as Chief Noble, Lieutenant Graham, Lieutenant DeIulio and Lieutenant Gentner, as well as his fellow officers. He also thanked his family and girlfriend, Talia.
Officer Lizarzaburu has been a Yorktown resident for 21 years. He attended and graduated from Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, NY. While in Stepinac, he played for the school’s soccer team and the Middle Path Career Football Club, as well as participating in stage crew.
After graduating, Lizarzaburu attended Westchester Community College and then St. John’s University. During his time at St. John’s, he volunteered in food pantries and soup kitchens, including the food pantry at the Yorktown Community Cultural Center. He also coached for the Yorktown Youth Soccer Club.
Lizarzaburu’s older brother is a police officer for the city of Yonkers. He is excited to follow in his brother’s footsteps and give back to the Yorktown community, which has provided him with this opportunity.
Lizarzaburu thanked Chief Noble and the rest of the Yorktown Police Department, as well as the Town Board and his family. He also thanked the residents of Yorktown for giving him the opportunity.
“It’s always been a goal to give back to those that have given me so much,” Lizarzaburu said.
Lizarzaburu is currently on patrol after completing the Yorktown field training program.