Nicole Maselli, a former Mount Pleasant police dispatcher, is the daughter of attorney Nicholas Maselli, who once served in the White Plains branch of the Westchester District Attorney's Office.
Elizabeth Barksdale, a White Plains native who worked as a dispatcher for the city's public safety department for 6 years, said she knows what to expect and is eager to get started.
"I've always wanted to do this," she said. "I'm looking forward to being here for my community."
"You're joining the finest department in the region. The finest department I know of," said Mayor Thomas Roach ”I wish you the best."
Public Safety Commissioner David Chong told the throng of friends and family members who attended the ceremony that Barksdale and Maselli "are part of our family now”.
"It's a very tough job to have," he said. "They're going to be police officers, social workers, psychologists and problem solvers... It's a tremendous responsibility and a tremendous burden.
The recruits start training at the Westchester County Police Academy on January 9th and after graduation will go through in-service training in White Plains. Police Chief James Bradley said they'll most likely hit the streets on their own sometime in November.