Syracuse Police Department swears in seven new recruits

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — It’s been less than two weeks since Syracuse Police Officer Michael Jensen and Onondaga County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Michael Hoosock were killed in the line of duty. They were very much on the minds of everyone on Friday, April 26, as the Syracuse Police Department sworn in its new members.

The Syracuse Police Department still in mourning, with Friday’s ceremony beginning with a moment of silence for our fallen officers.

During the ceremony, seven new recruits took an oath to serve and protect the City of Syracuse.

“You have to find men and women with character that want to do this profession when its unpopular because without it, you know, everything breaks down if people don’t feel safe. They don’t feel safe in the city, they don’t feel safe in the community. If you don’t feel safe, everything will start to break down, that’s how critical law enforcement is,” said Syracuse Police Chief Joe Cecile.

Chief Cecile thanked the friends and family who have shown love and support for the department’s newest members, landing them a spot on stage to raise their right hands,and officially become Syracuse Police Officers.

“These are individuals with tremendous character choosing law enforcement when its not so popular and deciding to still get sworn in after we had that major loss of losing the two officers,” said Chief Cecile.

But for new recruit Gabriel Bui, he says the loss hasn’t changed his mind about joining the force.

“Before I joined this profession, I’ve already known what I sign up for. If anything, it helps motivate me to be even better,” said Bui.

Born in Vietnam, Bui came to Syracuse just five years ago, with a background in military and the goal of becoming a city officer.

“I want to protect the community. I want to you know be among the best because I heard that Syracuse Police Academy is one of the best in the state” said Bui.

But for new recruit Ehnee Pwe, the City of Syracuse is what inspired him.

“I came to Syracuse, you know the United States as a refugee in 2008, and this city took us in, provided us a home, a new home, provided us a better life,” Pwe said.

Originally born in Thailand, Pwe wanted to make sure he returned the favor to the city that welcomed him and his family.

“I felt that I had an obligation to give back to the community and I see police work as a way to do that, to protect the community, to give back, and specifically Syracuse because I grew up here,” said Pwe.

As part of the class of #27, the Syracuse Police Department sworn in:

Gabriel Bui

Courtney Butera

Chelsie Delperuto

Joshua Hood

Connor Lynch

Ehnee Pwe

Jamison Wadsworth​

The sworn in members will head to the Syracuse Police Academy on Monday, May 29, where they’ll spend the next six months training.

Syracuse Police says they have 380 officers, and still need to add another 43 to be fully staffed.

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