Four police officers took the oath of office for the Lake City Police Department in a special ceremony at City Hall Wednesday morning.
They are Joseph Anthony Jr. of Jacksonville; David Broom, a native of Orange Park and Bryceville; Michael Lee of Gainesville and Donald Miles Jr., a native of Queens, N.Y.
“This is a milestone,” said Police Chief Argatha Gilmore. “We are bringing on four new officers who already have experience in law enforcement.”
The appointments are effective immediately.
Joseph Anthony Jr. attended the Law Enforcement Academy and is certified by the State of Florida in Law Enforcement. He is continuing his college education in Criminal Justice. He is licensed in the state of Florida as an armed Security Guard. Before turning to law enforcement, he worked in automotive repair, earning seven Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certificates.
David B. Broom, a U.S. Army veteran, served on the Downed Aircraft Recovery Team in Iraq and is responsible for the recovery of three aircraft and their crews. He later joined the U.S. Army Reserves and is assigned to the 351st Military Police Company as a MP Squad Leader.
He joined the High Springs Police Department in 2009 and served as a Reserve Police Officer and also worked in the evidence division and dispatch.
He graduated top of his class in the Basic Law Enforcement Academy and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lake City Community College.
Michael Lee worked for the University of Florida Police Department as a police service technician and in 2004, earned a Associate Degree from St. Johns River Community College and in 2005 completed the Law Enforcement Academy in Lake City.
Lee worked for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as a Capitol Police Officer until 2007 when he was promoted to Special Agent with the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. He later worked as a state investigator. He returned to school while working part-time with the U.S. Marshals Service and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Gulf Coast University. He is certified as a Medical First Responder by the Santa Fe Institute of Public Safety.
Donald S. Miles Jr. worked as a security officer in the Marion County Court House in 1998 and was hired by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in 1999 as a corrections officer assistant. He graduated from the Corrections Academy in 2000 from Central Florida Community College and was promoted to Corrections Officer. He later attended the Law Enforcement Officer Academy and was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 2005. He also worked for the City of Brooksville and Hernando County. He received a commendation for rescuing a motorist during a vehicular fire.
“This was the most prestigious ceremony and rewarding events I have ever participated in I am honored to be a part of it,” said City Manager Wendell Johnson.
The ceremony began with Sgt. John Blanchard presenting a brief history of the department and the milestones during its development. An honor guard presented the flags and Lt. Joe Moody led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by an invocation by Chaplain Steve Shaw.
Chief Gilmore read the Police Officer’s Creed. Mayor Stephen Witt administered the Oath of Office and family members of the four new officers pinned on the badges.
Chief Gilmore and talked about four qualities of an officer: Trust, loyalty and commitment and courage. She spoke of the need to keep the trust of the people of Lake City; the value of loyalty to the people who work beside you; commitment to serve, a servant mentality; courage to do what is right when no one else is looking.
In closing, she said, “I applaud you. I welcome you here and I’m looking forward that you’re going to do an absolute wonderful job for the citizens of Lake City.”