HAMLET — Two new officers will be patrolling the streets after being added to the roster this week.
Police Chief Tommy McMasters congratulated and welcomed officers Heather Smith and Jamar Alford to the Hamlet Police Department after they took their oaths Thursday, according to a press release.
Smith is a native of Richmond County and a graduate of Richmond Community College, receiving her Basic Law Enforcement Training Certification in 2019, according to the release. She is also a Certified Advanced EMT.
Alford is a native of Scotland County and a graduate of Robeson Community College, receiving his BLET Certifications in 2018.
This makes three officers the department has hired since McMasters came on board as chief in April.
Michael Wayne Johnson, also from Scotland County, was hired as a patrolman in July. He graduated last year from Basic Law Enforcement Training at Richmond Community College.
McMasters said all three came highly reccomended from one of the BLET instructors and graduated high in their respective classes and that Johnson had the highest PT score in his class.
“We’re happy to have all three of them,” he said.
There are currently three potential officers going through the background process, according to McMasters. Once they are hired, that will fill out the department’s roster.
Jamar Alford, second from right, also joined the Hamlet Police Department on Thursday.