Bossier City welcomed four new police officers and three new SWAT team paramedics Tuesday.
Three of the new officers — George Fanning, Charles Spraggins Jr. and Michael Martinez — were among the five police recruits affected by the work force reduction last year mandated by budget cuts.
The fourth new officer, Christopher Isom, was waiting in the wings to be hired when the hiring freeze began, according to Bossier City spokesman Mark Natale.
Six people were laid off and more than two dozen positions were eliminated as a result of the 2010 cuts. The Bossier City Council approved the hirings in the fall and the new officers were hired Jan. 1, Natale said.