HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Acting Holyoke Mayor Terry Murphy swore in five new Holyoke Police Reserve Officers Tuesday afternoon.
Holyoke Police said the new reserve officers have had more than 100 hours of training and are well-qualified for their positions. Reserve officers can perform all the same duties as regular police officers and make similar pay, but they do not work full-time.
Mayor Murphy noted that this past year has shined a bad light on law enforcement but the reserves said they are anxious and ready to protect its residents.
“I’m excited, I’ve been waiting for this for a long time for this opportunity and I’m happy to be part of this and help the community. There is always bad timing but you just have to stay positive and keep doing the right thing,” said Officer Xiadamir Morales.
According to the Holyoke Police Department, the following officers were sworn in at 11:30 a.m.:
- Guillermo O. Diaz
- Eric M. Robert
- Joshua I. Salas
- Hector Rosado Burgos
- Xiadamir A. Morales