HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Nine new officers were sworn in to the Hattiesburg Police Department Thursday morning.
All nine have graduated from various police academies and are certified police officers. Several of them have been police officers in other cities or have military police experience.
The new members of the force will go through the departments training academy to familiarize themselves with department procedures and city ordinances. They will then be teamed with a field training officer until they are ready to handle the position on their own.
The hiring of the officers brings the department to 126 members. They are authorized to carry 140.
Department Public Information Officer Lt. Jon Traxler says hiring the certified officers has several advantages for the department.
"It means less money is spent for training," said Traxler. "Number two, you get them on the street quicker to be able to help the public faster."
A tenth new officer could not attend the swearing in because he is on military assignment. He will be sworn in Monday.