From YouTube: New Police Officer Swearing In Ceremony 03-21-22
On the afternoon of 3-21-22, 4 new police officers were sworn in. Welcome to the City of Waterloo and the Waterloo Police Department.
All right uh good afternoon, everyone uh like to definitely thank you all for being here uh today for our swearing-in ceremony. uh I am mayor, quinton hart and uh it's an honor to be here today. uh We also have with us chief joe fitzgerald, and do you want to say a couple words now or after all, right all right, gentlemen, uh if you would raise your right hand and then I'll say I you repeat after say aye then I'll say state your name and then you'll state, your name and then just repeat after me.
What I like to do is give each one of our new officers a chance to speak, but before they do, I introduced themselves to you and members of the community. I have to say to the families of each one of our newest. Thank you for allowing them to be a part of our family and know that they'll be taken care of and treated with decency and respect that you can appreciate and understand that the department will give to them.
We know that we have good people, because we put them through a very rigorous process for getting hired, and we know that their intentions, as far as being people in the city of waterloo, being able to provide a sense of safety and security to the community is there. Each person was screened. Each person was talked to each person was, I think, they'd probably describe it a little differently and say that you know we went through everybody's histories with the fine-tooth comb.
But with that being said, you can be proud to know that the result was that we felt they would be the most appropriate people to help serve our community and help provide service to you and to back you guys up so without further ado I'll. Let them introduce themselves and then I'll, say a few words to close, uh introduce yourself to the members of the city council and the members of the community that are going to see this on television later.
My name is alex schneider, I'm originally from waterloo iowa graduated from west high, I went to upper iowa, got a degree in criminal justice and during my time there I interned with the waterloo police department, and that was a huge factor in me wanting to come back and serve the community. That has served me for so many years.
Thank you guys so mayor, council and those out in the audience and those that are watching. This should know that we've got a pretty diverse group here. We've got folks that from this city, folks that have been exposed to the city in one way or another or just you know ultimately wanting to be a part of this community and it should say a lot about what we offer as a city and what we offer as an organization.
This these days is so tough to find police officers, and the competition is really high for getting people that can pass the test and can you know, pass the background investigation process and these guys were able to not only do it, but do it with flying colors and now we'll go off to the police academy and in a few months, come back to us and serve the citizens of waterloo as a full police officers. And we look forward to that um mayor and council. Please know that you know our hiring process isn't done.
We still have. uh We still have work to do, but this is an incremental part of how we intend to get back to 100 staffing and if it wasn't important, we wouldn't have so many police officers that currently work here in waterloo, watching and observing who the newest people are that are going to be coming on board backing them up. So you guys know that the pressure's on you, but, as I told you all you know, if you treat people with decency and respect, you will never have a problem and the city will love you.