Cheraw’s streets became a little safer as Mayor Andy Ingram gave four new officers their oath Wednesday, Sept. 23.
Walter Baker, Andrew Lewis, Michael McGloin and Nicole Scott are the new officers of the Cheraw Police Department.
Chief Keith Thomas spoke on the importance of the day.
“This is the start of these young people’s careers. And it’s important. I remember mine like it was yesterday and it’s been 26 years ago.”
Thomas said he asked the council and Ingram to be patient as he sought new officers for the department.
“Any time you have an administration change, there are going to be some changes,” he said. “I begged the council to give me some time to get our feet up under us and let us let the process work. And when I say that, we don’t want to hire people just to hire them. Let us do our process and allow us to get the best officers that we can find.”
He added he believed the four officers sworn in Sept. 23 are just that — the best.
“Thank you for coming to work here and thank you for hitting the ground running,” he said. “Because this department is the best that it has ever been and I appreciate it.”
Ingram described the department as highly professional as he welcomed the four officers.
“I just want to commend you for choosing law enforcement as your profession,” he said. “You will be challenged many times on your job. You will be questioned many times on the decisions that you make. I know and we all have confidence you all will be making the right decisions. We want you to stay with us, we want you to grow with us, we want you to retire with us.”
Reach Maria D. Grandy at 843-537-5261.