13 New Odessa Police Officers Sworn In

13 New Odessa Police Officers Sworn In

by: Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

ODESSA- The training was long and intense, but all of that hard work has paid off. 13 men and women officially took the role of Odessa Police Officers.

"As you know, these guys worked so hard. The city should be proud that they will be representing the city very shortly," LeSueur said.

Some people who live in Odessa worry about the police officer shortage and they wonder if 13 is really enough?

"A lot of people coming here and focusing on jobs and that's great. The only thing is that it involves more crimes. We need those, we need more than 13," Gonzalez said.

Wilma Gonzalez and Yolanda Sanchez have seen the crime go up over the years.

"I know there is a lot of crime here in Odessa. The more police we have, the better job they'll be doing," Sanchez said.

Before the officers hit the streets, there are more steps ahead.  

"They will be critiqued and evaluated on a daily basis, this is just the beginning," LeSueur said.

For Esmeralda Pineda, safety is her top concern even when she's visiting parks in the city.

"If there are too many people, I don't feel as safe. There aren't that many people so I feel a little more comfortable," Pineda said.

The men and women have taken an oath to serve and protect and their service is welcome by the citizens of Odessa.

"It sure will. It's thirteen more," Sanchez said.