Family, friends and UCF Police officers and staff welcomed five new officers to the department on Thursday, March 22.
The swearing-in ceremony was UCFPD Chief Richard Beary’s final one before his retirement in June.
“We want you to be the best you can be,” Chief Beary said to the new officers. “We also want you to be the most ethical and represent this agency and the state of Florida to the best of your ability.”
The new officers are:
All five will continue to complete classroom and field training before hitting the road on their own. Each trainee will be paired with a patrol officer to get hands-on experience, and they’ll be assigned to patrol when field training is complete.
In addition to the new hires, three UCFPD veterans were honored for rising through the ranks. Twelve-year agency veteran Pablo Vargas was promoted to sergeant, and 11-year UCFPD veteran Greg Larkin and 8-year department veteran Chase Crane were promoted to corporals.
A live-stream of the ceremony can be viewed here.