7 officers graduate academy

The seven new police officers who graduated the Zone 5 Police Academy on Jan. 5 are presented to the city during Tuesday's Common Council meeting. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Police Department has welcomed seven new officers into its ranks this year following their graduation from the state’s Zone 5 Law Enforcement Training Academy.

Lucas Donnenwirth, Elizabeth Hogan, Stephen Kolbe, James Loose, Christopher Pescetti, Michael Quattrocchi and Andrew Wilson graduated the police training academy in Schenectady on Jan. 5.

Police Chief Marc Porter brought the new officers before the Common Council and public on Tuesday to celebrate the start of their careers.

“I want to recognize and acknowledge the hard work of these officers over the last six months, to endure a very physically and mentally challenging police academy,” Porter said.

Porter said the department is looking forward to tremendous things from the new officers.

“For us to put two or three officers into the academy at the time is big for us, but seven, I’m not sure it’s ever been done, at least not in my career,” Porter said. “It’s a tremendous job by our staff as well to manage that process from start to finish, from interviews to background checks to managing the procurement of uniforms and staying on track. It’s been a big lift for us. I’m very proud. I can’t wait for them to hit the streets.”

In June, the department swore in six new officers who began attending the law enforcement academy. The city held a swearing in ceremony a few days later for new recruits.

The new officers began their field training on various shifts in December.

The city created new positions for officers in the 2017 budget. In addition, they had to fill positions left vacant by the retirement of former Capt. Michael Jory, who is now serving as chief of the Herkimer Police Department.

Kerry Minor can be reached at kminor@leaderherald.com.