TPD swears in new officers

Jul. 16, 2013 @ 07:25 PM

Thomasville police Chief Jeff Insley sums up the addition of three new police officers to the department in one simple phrase: “Our thin blue line is becoming a little thicker today.”
The department swore-in three new officers Tuesday at a ceremony held in the second floor City Council Chambers at the Thomasville Police Department.
“Our new family members have been through their basic law enforcement training and are the cream of the crop,” Insley said. “We consider ourselves very fortunate to have them join our family. The one piece of advice that I would give the three of them come from Andy Griffith, and he told Barney, ‘You make the badge, don’t let the badge make you.’ Don’t sell yourself out. Be yourself, and you will have a successful career.”
The chambers were full of family members, friends and fellow officers who watched as Lewis Lomba, Walkiria Quiroz and Matthew Watkins took the oath to protect and serve the community.
Lomba originally is from Rhode Island and has served six years in the U.S. Army Infantry. He enjoys volunteer work.
Quiroz has an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Davidson County Community College and is bilingual. She enjoys going to the park and shopping.
“I am very excited to be starting a new journey in my career, especially with Thomasville,” Quiroz said. “I am very excited to work with the guys that have been training me, and I am ready to start the 30 years of my career.”
Watkins is from Archdale and also has his associate’s degree in criminal justice from Davidson County Community College. He enjoys spending time playing guitar, hunting and fishing.
Councilwoman Pat Shelton said the three officers bring unique experiences to the department.
“Anytime that we can get young people who are interested in serving the city, in any capacity, is wonderful,” Shelton said. “You have people who have degrees from the community college, a bilingual officer and one of the gentlemen has a military background. All of this speaks well for the recruitment process and our police force.”
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