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Updated Jan 3, 2013 - 10:13 am

Phoenix police reaffirm oath of office

(KTAR photo: Jim Cross)

PHOENIX -- For the first time in the 131-year history of the Phoenix Police, officers retook the oath of office Thursday morning.

Phoenix City Court chief presiding judge Roxanne Song Ong administered the oath to dozens of officers at City Hall, among them, motor officer Toby Ehrler.

"It is not a burden. It's a friendly reminder of what we do in our chosen profession and it's not a bad thing," he said.

This will be a yearly event for the department. According to the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, some officers believe the ceremony is a waste of time. Erhler said for him it's an honor.

"This was a special day and everybody will have the opportunity. We look forward to everybody taking part. It was a good day and I enjoyed it," he said.

Chief Daniel Garcia said he believed Phoenix is the first police agency in America to have officers retake their oaths.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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