Sworn to protect and serve

Photo by James Mitchell

The Taylor Police Department officially welcomed eight new officers to its ranks Tuesday during a swearing-in ceremony held within the regular city council meeting. The addition represents the first new hires for the department — now staffed at 69 — in seven years. The ceremony Tuesday was a special moment for Officer Dan Toth, whose rank pins were presented by his grandfather, Lee Miron, who retired in 1979 from the Detroit Police Department. The eight officers sworn in Tuesday were Christopher Cates, Rick Barnoski, Chris Weitfelt, Chad Pierson, Ryan Carroll, Josh Schneider and John Regan.