Utica police add record number of recruits Thursday

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - The Utica Police Department added a record number of recruits Thursday.

The 22 police recruits -- the largest class ever for the department -- make history, but there may be even more new officers to come.

Chief Mark Williams says there are three more retirees this year, which means three more candidates will have the opportunity to start the academy late.

The rearrangement changes the face of law enforcement in the city.

"It's going to mean on one end that we have some young and excited police officers," said Williams. "And on the other end, there are going to be some seniority issues. But, it's an exciting time for the department. We're molding the future of this department."

Those who were recruited today include: John Detraglia, Michael Firley, David Desens, Tyler Sheppard, Clifford Wiley and Derek Schultz.

Also, Richard Sabin, Eric Scorzafava, Dennis Basler, James Fitzgerald, Joshua Sweet, Ricardo Hill and Stanley Rejrat.

Other recruits include Michael Mahay, Christopher Evans, Paul Dewey, Daniel Mahaffy, Donald Talerico, Alexander Castilla, Benjamin Winkler, Jessica Dodge and Wesley Jackson.

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