On Friday (Dec 10) a swearing in and badge pinning ceremony was held in the Municipal Courtroom at the Paris Police and Courts Building.
Caleb Peek, Matthew Mitchell, and Johnathan Brown graduated from the Collin County College Basic Peace Officer Academy on Tuesday, December 6th. All three have passed the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Licensing exam and are ready to move on to the field training. The academy course was four and a half months of training in the penal code, transportation code, code of criminal procedure, family code along with the constitutional law. Skills training included crisis intervention, first aid, mechanics of arrest, use of force, driving and firearms.
The guest speaker for the badge pinning was County Court at Law Judge Bill Harris. Judge Harris spoke to the importance of law enforcement investigations which contain integrity, the truth and factual information to make our system of justice work. Officials reminded the recruits of the awesome responsibility that officers have to their community.
After the Judge’s remarks, City Clerk Janice Ellis swore the recruits in as police officers for the city of Paris. Each officer had chosen a special person to have the honor of pinning the new badge to their uniform.
Chief Hundley remarked, “at this point for American Law Enforcement; these young men have bravely stepped forward when this job has become even more dangerous than it was just a year or so ago. We look forward to the next four and a half months of field training for these men, along with welcoming them to the ‘family’ of law enforcement.”