GAINESVILLE, FLA – As police departments across the nation struggle to fill officer vacancies, Gainesville’s Police Department continues to attract some of the best recruits from across the nation.

On Feb. 17, 2023, in front of a capacity filled Hall of Heroes, Chief Lonnie Scott administered the Oath of Office to 12 new officers. “We just don’t want to be in the game, we want to be the best” explained Chief Scott, “That’s why we hire the best. Once you take that Oath of Office, you have officially joined the Gainesville Police Department, and you’re officially a Gainesville hero.”

In addition to friends and family, the officers were welcomed by GPD’s command staff as well as their new colleagues. Also joining the ceremony were Mayor Harvey Ward, City Manager Cynthia Curry, and City Commissioner Reina Saco. The ceremony concluded with the family members pinning the new officers with their Gainesville Police Department badges.

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