Local police forces swear in new officers
Both Woodburn and Hubbard police departments swore in new officers on Monday.
In Woodburn, during the City Council meeting, police Chief Jim Ferraris administered the oath of office to Valentin Silva-Cruz.
Silva-Cruz was joined by family and friends as he accepted his badge from Chief Ferraris. Silva-Cruz's father pinned the badge on his son's uniform.
Silva-Cruz is a graduate of Canby High School and holds an associate degree with a focus on criminal justice from Portland Community College.
"Officer Silva-Cruz stood out from other candidates because of his integrity, character and work ethic," Ferraris told the City Council. "We are glad to have him join the WPD family."
Silva-Cruz will begin the 16-week basic police academy on Monday.
In Hubbard, which has been operating with just two police officers and one chief for a year, Marcos Jimenez was sworn in as its newest member on Monday.
Jimenez fills one of the two vacant police officer positions at the police department.
Prior to becoming a Hubbard police officer, Marcos was a Newberg reserve police officer while working full time for Portland Community College as a public safety officer.
Jimenez currently serves as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves stationed in Oregon.
Jimenez will start his field training soon and will be at the basic academy in April.