The West New York Police Department swore in five new officers fresh out of the academy during a short ceremony at Town Hall earlier this afternoon.
The five new officers are Xiomara Salinas, Andrew Ramos, Adrian Solares, Edwin Cabrera and Bridget Albuja.
Ramos and Solares previously worked for the WNYPD as dispatchers and Ramos has family on the force: Sgt. Jorge Ramos is his father and Lt. Monica Ramos is his stepmother.
They both participated in swearing him in.
Additionally, Solares is the the son of Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D-32), who read his oath of office.
After thanking Mayor Felix Roque, the West New York Board of Commissioners and Police Director Robert Antolos, local Policemen’s Benevolent Association President Tommy Mannion gave his perspective on how the department has developed in recent years.
“You guys are falling into a good time: a couple years back, the public was against the police department. Here in West New York, it seems like we’re trying to set a trend where we’re not gonna allow that media stuff, how everybody hates cops, in West New York everybody likes us,” Mannion explained to loud applause.
“Parents are now telling their children to come up and speak to the cops, to say hello, hug us, take pictures, because we actively seek that from the residents of West New York. So everything you hear on the news, don’t worry about that, worry about West New York.”
The new recruits now bring the WNYPD up to 119 officers, within striking distance of their maximum capacity: 123. The additions of Salinas and Albuja also brings the number of female officers up to 10.