New officers in town

LA FERIA — The small and quiet town of La Feria may just have become a little safer with the addition of two new officers on patrol.

Three cadets right out of the police academy joined the La Feria police force and are helping fight crime and keeping the community and streets safe.

Chief Don Garcia said as the city grows, the need for new officers also grows.

The city’s new police officers are Nestor Hernandez and Miguel Pina.

Jose Medina was hired as a reserve officer and dispatcher.

The addition of the officers bumps the total number of police in La Feria to 13, and four non-commissioned dispatchers.

The officers graduated from the Lower Rio Grande Valley police Academy at Texas State Technical College.

“We are very proud to have these new men on the force,” Garcia said. “They are well-trained.”

La Feria Mayor Victor Gonzalez hosted a ceremony commissioning the new officers at City Hall recently.

The three officers took the oath to protect and serve the community with their family, city leaders and police in attendance.

“The new officers are enjoying their job and seem to be doing well,” said Esmeralda Sanchez, city secretary. “We’re very pleased with their work.”

The families of the new officers were in attendance and pinned the police badges on the uniforms.

“We swore in two officers and one reserve officer,” Sanchez said. “They had their staff meeting and then they were off to work.”