By Jade Ortego
Killeen Daily Herald
HARKER HEIGHTS - Officers, city officials and a proud family watched Thursday as new police officer Yesmarie Burgos-Mead swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend.
Police Chief Mike Gentry led the swearing-in ceremony in the training room at the Harker Heights Police Department. He stressed that there were many applicants for Burgos-Mead's position.
"We knew she was the kind of person that would make us better," Gentry said.
Burgos-Mead, 27, is a native of Puerto-Rico. She has a bachelor's degree from Huron University in South Dakota, and a master's degree from a school in Great Falls, Mont., both in criminal justice.
After graduating, she worked as an interpreter for a courtroom in Montana. She began training to be a police officer at Temple Police Academy Jan. 19, and graduated Thursday.
Burgos-Mead lives in Killeen with her husband, an Army officer, whom she asked to pin on her badge at the ceremony.
She said she has always wanted to be in law enforcement, and is excited to begin her work as a patrol officer. She wants to learn every aspect of police work, and doesn't know yet in which department she'll wind up.
"There's always time for improvement and growth … everything is a great experience," she said.
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