SAVANNAH, GA (January 8, 2015) –This afternoon six men and one woman were sworn in as new members of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.

The Badge Pinning Ceremony took place at the SCMPD’s Professional Development Center.

The new officers completed 11 weeks of state-mandated training at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GBSTC) in Garden City, and seven weeks of Patrol School at the SCMPD Professional Development Center.

These officers attended a special academy at the GPSTC. Typically the academies are held quarterly, but this special session helped the SCMPD get new hires into training a couple of months ahead of schedule.  The next Badge Pinning Ceremony will be in early February.

Congratulations to officers James Hurst, Joseph Knight, Maria Lang, Erik Perez, Tyler Ranta, Anthony Ravita, and Christopher Tillis.

Chief of Police Joseph H. Lumpkin, Sr. thanked them for stepping forward to help serve, protect and build trust in Savannah and Chatham County.

Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach and City Council members Carolyn Bell, Bill Durrence, John Hall, and Julian Miller attended the ceremony.