HPD adds 2 new officers to the force

HPD adds 2 new officers to the force
Mayor Johnny DuPree swears in two new officers

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.

“I am really excited to be here, it’s been a long road, I have thought about it for many months, prayed about it many months, and it’s finally here and I am glad to be back,” Essary said. “Just being here I am hoping with my maturity level my experience that I can help the department get back to where we once were, you know a strong department, extremely professional and well liked by the community everywhere.”

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.