LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Laurel Police Department added four new officers at a swearing-in ceremony Friday at city hall.
Friends and family looked on as Mayor Johnny Magee officiated the ceremony by reading the oath to officers Wade Robertson, Latifa Ruffin, Jacob Weaver and Brian Hancock.
Robertson is a graduate of the Southern Regional Public Safety Institute and is currently in the LPD field training program.
Ruffin is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in criminal justice. She has served eight years in the military, including one deployment and is currently in the Army Reserves.
Weaver graduated from Southern Miss with degrees in criminal justice and psychology.
Hancock has served four years in the Army National Guard before joining LPD.
The three new officers are currently in their third week of pre-academy training at the department and will be attending the the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy later this month.
"I just always wanted to be, I mean I like it," Weaver said. "I got more into it when I took a criminal justice class and fell even more in love with it then. It also helps the community that you live in, so it's always a good thing to do to help make it safe for you and your family."