CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Savannah-Chatham Metro Police increased its number of officers Friday.
Thirty-five officers were sworn in at Friday morning's Badge Pinning Ceremony at the Fountain at Forsyth Park.
Thirty-one are patrol school graduates and four are pre-certified officers.
SCMPD are calling it the biggest ceremony in recent years, with more than 300 people in attendance.
"It's service above self. They want to help people. We joined the police department to be helpers for society and that's where they want to be," said SCMPD Chief Jack Lumpkin. "Policing is a noble profession and they understand that. They want to help people. Just as our officers were victims the other night, they were there to help people and stop others from preying from our citizens."
"It's something I wanted to do ever since I was a little kid and being able to grow up and actualize that vision is a great thing. Especially in this beautiful city of Savannah. It's an honor and I'm just looking forward to getting out and making a difference and putting a smile on people's faces and making people happy to see police again," said Officer Joseph Floyd, SCMPD. "It was difficult training. It's mentally and physically taxing, but it's nothing that we can't overcome. I had a lot of great peers, a lot of great trainers, and just the end goal of being able to able to be an officer in this great city was motivation enough."
The officers will report for duty in their assigned precincts on Nov. 7.