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New officers sworn in Weirton

Updated: Monday, August 18 2014, 01:11 PM EDT
HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va. – The Weirton Police Department is adding to its force with the addition of three new officers.
It’s a trio that touts impressive resumes, including a former U.S. Capitol Police Officer. Weirton Mayor George Kondik said the one important thing they all have in common is a desire to make Weirton a safer place to live.
With hands raised, and members of the police department and Kondik at their side, they were welcomed to Weirton on Monday morning.
Family, friends, and city leaders celebrated their future roll on the force and the path they've taken to get here.
U.S. Naval veteran Shawn smith, who just moved across the river from Steubenville, has a history of civil service.
“Being a firefighter/paramedic for so many years you get to see a different side of people,” Smith said. “And you can make a better impact on the community and those around us being a policeman."
Then there's 21-year-old Megan Kadish. While young, she says she wants to have an impact on Weirton's youth.
"For the past 3 years, I was in the Army as a military police officer,” she said. “I always wanted to help people."
Kadish, who is from Pittsburgh, has plans to settle in Marland Heights and is looking forward to calling Weirton home.
Then there's 34-year-old Thomas Poe, who's returning to the Ohio Valley after several years of being away.  He spent a year working as a U.S. Capitol Police Officer and is just returning from California, where he worked as a personal trainer.
The additions will boost the force to 36 officers.
"It's very important to us, to the people, to fight crime and they do such a great job,” Kondik said. “But right now we need the extra three. We need the manpower, and as soon as they can get on the road, it's going to be much better for all of us."
On Sept 2, the new officers will leave for the West Virginia Police Academy for 16 weeks. When they return, they'll get another 6 months of training before they officially hit the streets.

New officers sworn in Weirton

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