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Phoenix Police Department swears in 11 new officers

Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia (far left) and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (right, blue suit) pose with 11 new Phoenix Police Department officers. (KTAR Photo/Sandra Haros)

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Police Department added 11 new police officers to the force at swearing-in ceremony Wednesday at Phoenix City Hall.

The men aren't new to the department. They were reservists who, collectively, have been serving in the department for several years.

"All together these officers have donated 30,000 hours of police service to the citizens of Phoenix," said Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia. "So when we started looking for the 11 we were going to hire, we felt a strong obligation to reward them for the commitment to the citizens of Phoenix."

The new hires represent better times economically, according to city leaders. The Phoenix Police Department has not grown the number of officers since the 2008-2009 fiscal year because of a hiring freeze implemented during the recession.

"Thanks to sacrifices and concessions made by employees, hard work on innovation and efficiency savings and sound budget decisions, we are hiring a new class of officers just one week into the fiscal year," said Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton.

City leaders said they have applied for a grant which could allow for the hiring of an additional 25 officers in the near future.

The names of the new officers are: Sebastian Louisoder, Scott Stout, Nelu Podea, Sean Holman, Jesse Jansma, Alexander Lindly, Henry Smith, Richard Sias, Joseph Brown, Dustin Yoshimura and Louis McAnany.

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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