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Valdosta Police Department adds three new officers

Judge Jim Tunison instates three new officers. (Source: WALB) Judge Jim Tunison instates three new officers. (Source: WALB)
Jose Urquilla, Paul Garland, and Brianna Taggart take their oath. (Source: WALB) Jose Urquilla, Paul Garland, and Brianna Taggart take their oath. (Source: WALB)
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Three new officers were sworn in at the Valdosta Police Department Thursday.

Jose Urquilla, Paul Garland, and Brianna Taggart are the newest members of Valdosta's police force.

Chief Brian Childress stated that there was a great need for new officers.

He added that the department has been filling vacancies to meet the state's accreditation requirement.

Chief Childress said that this shows a lot about their character as it's been a difficult process to get to this point.

Officer Jose Urquilla is a 23-year-old patrolman.

"I hope to bring a little bit more confidence to the police, steer away from the stipulation that police are bad that all we care about is beating people. I wanna go out there and do good," said Urquilla. 

Judge Jim Tunison led the ceremony.

He charged the officers to challenge themselves to be the best example as law enforcement is controversial today.

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