Four new officers have joined Garner’s police department.
On May 22 the police department held a swearing-in ceremony for Andre “Charon” Guffey, John Michael Hardin and Josephine Brehona (“Bre”) Prince.
Guffey graduated from the basic law enforcement-training program at Guilford Technical Community College and became a deputy sheriff in Guilford County in 2005.
Hardin worked for the Winston-Salem Police Department and attended the department’s basic training program. He transferred to the New Bern Police Department and worked for that agency for eight years. His last assignment there was as a detective.
Prince completed the basic law enforcement-training program at Wilson Community College. Following her graduation, she went on to work for the Smithfield Police Department as a sworn officer.
The other new officer is Judy Gelabert Benitez . Benitez, who has worked for the department since 2010 as a criminal records clerk, was sworn in during a ceremony June 27.
Benitez’s first experience working in the criminal justice field was as a telecommunicator/dispatcher in the Raleigh Emergency Communications Center. Benitez came to the Garner Police Department three years ago. During this time she has earned an associate’s degree and graduated from the basic law enforcement-training program at Wake Technical Community College.
Each of the four positions recently filled became available through attrition, according to Garner town spokesman Rick Mercier. The Garner Police Department currently has 64 sworn officers.