HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg Police Department added two new members to the force today during a swear-in ceremony at city hall.
Officer Gerald Essary and officer Candace Young were sworn in by Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree with friends, family and co-workers.
Essary, who worked at the department for 11 years, is returning after training Afghanistan Police. Young was previously an officer at The University of Southern Mississippi for just over two years.
The officers will participate in a two week academy and then be paired with a field training officer for several months.
According to Lt. Jon Traxler, the department now has a total of 98 officers.