The Wilmington Police Department officially grew by five members on Wednesday.
Veteran officers, town officials and family members alike were in attendance as five new officers received their badges during the ceremony.
One by one, Kevin Cavanaugh, Daniel Furbush, Julio Quiles, Rafael Cruz and Michael Johnson said their oath along with Town Clerk Sharon George before they were pinned by family members.
“Hold that oath close,” said Police Chief Michael Begonis to his newest officers. “Be respectful, have that commitment and have that compassion. That’s we’re all about. And if you do that, we’ll drive forward for the next 30 or 40 years without a worry.”
The five officers were among 74 who graduated from Lowell Police Academy in November.
Begonis said what makes his department stand out from others is the attitude of his officers. He said he doesn’t have to deal with the daily issues that many other chiefs he speaks to face.
“I’m impressed with the work that my officers do on a daily basis. They are the most professional police department in the area hands down,” said Begonis. “It’s because the individuals who work here have chosen a path. They’ve chosen to be committed. They’ve chosen to deal with every situation with respect, and to always hold compassion close their heart.”