Surrounded by dozens of friends, family members, coworkers and colleagues, Brookdale police officers Anthony Ceglie, Shaun White and Risheem Whitten were officially promoted to the rank of sergeant on Nov. 5.
The three veteran officers were sworn into their new positions by Brookdale President Dr. Maureen Murphy, who expressed gratitude on behalf of the entire college community for the officers’ years of dedication and service.
“This is just a wonderful day,” Murphy said. “I could not be happier.”
Each of the officers took an oath of office for their new position and invited a loved one to help pin on their official sergeant’s badge.
Following a well-deserved round of applause from the capacity crowd, the officers expressed their excitement for their new roles on campus.
“It’s almost surreal,” said White, an eight-year veteran of the Brookdale Police Department. “But we have all worked hard for this.”
Whitten, a 10-year veteran of the department, and Ceglie, a 23-year veteran officer and an 11-year member of the Brookdale force, both said they were happy to reach a new professional milestone and ready to accept a new level of responsibility in the college community.
“It feels great,” said Ceglie. “I’m ready to get out there and get going.”
More photos of the ceremony are available here.