The Noblesville Police Department officially swore in four new police officers Monday.
The ceremony took place in the council chambers located at City Hall. In attendance for the event were families, friends, members of the community, government officials and officers of the police department. Chief Kevin Jowitt officiated the ceremony.
The newly sworn officers are Michael Schmidt, Matthew Foley, Benjamin Lugar and Scott Donlan and Michael Schmidt. All were officially hired on Oct. 17, 2016.
Schmidt was born in Ft. Wayne, in 1981. He graduated from Snider High School in 1999. He received a bachelor's degree in Medical Technology in 2004 from Purdue. He is married and has one child. His hobbies include weight lifting and hiking.
Foley was born in Evansville, in 1983. He graduated from Castle High School in 2002. He graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice in 2007. He is single and has one child. His hobbies include baseball and Jiu-Jitsu.
Lugar was born in Indianapolis in 1993. He graduated from Carmel High School in 2012. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in Law and Society in 2016. He is engaged and has no children. His hobbies include hockey, tennis, and archery/target shooting.
Donlan was born in Beech Grove in 1991. He graduated from Westfield High School in 2009. He graduated from Marian University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2013. He is single and has no children. His hobbies include exercising, biking and tennis.
Shortly after being hired, the officers departed for the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, Plainfield, where they spent 15 weeks receiving training in a variety of areas to include criminal and traffic law, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, human behavior, physical tactics and EMS awareness to name just a few.
The officers graduated from the law enforcement academy on Feb. 16, 2017.
Since graduating from the law enforcement academy, the officers have received in-service training and will start the 16-week Field Training and Evaluation Program this week. During this next phase of training, the officers will be assigned to several different Field Training Officers (FTO) who will evaluate the performance of the new officers as they learn to apply their training from the academy to the day-to-day functions of being a police officer. After successful completion of the Field Training and Evaluation Program, the officers will then be certified to work by themselves in a solo-capacity role and will be assigned to a shift within the Patrol Division.
The officers will have accumulated more than 39 weeks or 1,560 hours of training prior to being released to work as a police officer for the City of Noblesville.