Friends, family and fellow officers packed City Council chambers this morning to watch 15 recruits sworn in as Portland police officers.
Five of the new officers are related to current or retired Portland police. Another has been working as a background investigator for the Portland Police Bureau, and several were cadets for Portland police, or served as volunteer reserve officers for other area agencies before joining Portland’s force.
Retired Lt. Harry Jackson presented a badge to his son, Jakhary James Jackson, 27, as the new officer’s kindergarten and fourth-grade teachers looked on with family and friends.
“It is a dream come true for me to become part of this family, a family that my dad loved throughout his entire career and still loves to this day,” Jakhary Jackson said.