NORWICH — The City of Norwich Police Department (NPD) welcomed three new officers and promoted three existing officers at Tuesday's common council meeting.
The new recruits include Taylor Waite, Tyler King, and Andrew Brown.
"I, Taylor Waite, Tyler King, Andrew Brown, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution and laws of the State of New York, and of the City of Norwich," recited the three officers. "I will bear true bear true faith and allegiance to the same, and defend them against enemies foreign and domestic, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of police officer to the best of my ability, so help me God."
Waite, King, and Brown will begin a seven-month training at the Broome County Law Enforcement Academy on March 27.
The department also promoted three existing officers to higher rank. NPD Detective Mark Martin was promoted from detective to sergeant.
"I do appoint this officer to the rank of sergeant of police in the Norwich Police Department to rank as such from the 21st day of March, 2023," said NPD Chief Reuben Roach. "This appointee will therefore carefully and diligently discharge the duties of the rank to which he is appointed by doing and performing all manner of things thereto pertaining."
"I do strictly charge and require all personnel of lesser rank to render obedience to his appropriate orders, and this appointee is to observe and follow such orders and directions as may be given from time to time by superiors, as according to the rules and regulations of the Norwich Police Department, the laws of the City of Norwich, and the State of New York."
Also promoted was Officer Cory Wengert, who was promoted from officer to detective, and Sergeant Matthew Roberts, who was promoted from sergeant to detective sergeant.
"I'm very proud of the officers who were promoted," said Roach. "I'm also proud of the three recruits who have taken on the challenge of the seven-month-long police academy ahead of them."