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Four new West Point police officers sworn in

WEST POINT — Four new police officers were sworn in Monday in front of the West Point City Council.

Gary Johnson, Chris Samra, Jorge Olmonova and Quallen Perrigan were sworn in by Judge Wesley Leonard, surrounded by the full city council and a nearly-full council chamber.

“I thought it was important going forward when we hire people that they come forward before the council, so they can meet you and put a name and face together,” said West Point Police Chief Donald Britt. “The oath of office is a serious commitment. It lets them know that they are committed to upholding the laws of the State of Georgia and protecting the citizens of West Point.”

After being sworn in, the new officers were joined by family members, who pinned on their badges.

In a later interview, Chief Britt gave a little more information on the officers.

He noted that all four came in with training. Johnson was previously with the LaGrange Police Department, Samra was with the Columbus PD, Perrigan was with the Tolbert County Sheriff’s Department and Nova was with the Troup County Sheriff’s Department.

“They had heard good things about West Point and saw that is was on the way up,” the chief said. “They wanted to be a part of it.”

These are not the only new officers West Point will see. Britt noted that currently the city has three officers making their way through the academy and the city is looking to hire six to seven more officers.

“We’ve been trying to put the word out,” he said.

Two of the new officers are already on the streets, with the other two set to start today.

“They’ll be patrolmen now,” Britt said. “They have the mindset of community policing. They’re not here to just make arrests. They’re here to keep West Point safe.”