The Rome Police Department swore in 10 new officers today, bringing the department beyond its full maximum authorized strength to 78.
The 10 new patrolmen fill the ranks after 10 recent promotions.
“We are selective when we go through the hiring process. We don’t hire somebody just to fill a position,” said Police Chief Kevin C. Beach at the swearing in ceremony in City Hall this morning.
The new officers were chosen from a starting pool of about 200 applicants, Beach said. The 10 were chosen following a civil service test, an agility test, a lie detector test, a background check, a psychological examination and an in-person interview. Nine of the 10 will begin the Mohawk Valley Police Academy on Monday for six months of training.
“They need to be prepared to handle any situation that may arise on the street,” Beach said. He noted that, since all of the recruits are in their 20s, the department needed to choose candidates with forethought towards their future potential.
Beach said being a police officer is “the most rewarding way of life that anybody could ask for. And if you do it right, you’re going to find out it’s not a job, it’s not a career, it really is a way of life.”
The maximum authorized strength for the department is 76. Officials said they hired two more candidates beyond that maximum because the department anticipates two more retirements before the end of the year.
• Corwin Christman, age 27, comes to the department from the Village of Antwerp and Village of Lowville police departments, where he worked at the same time. He was home schooled and graduated in 2008 and earned his GED. He attended Jefferson County Community College. He is married to Hannah Christman and they have three daughters and a son.
Because he has already completed academy training and worked as a police officer elsewhere, Christman will not have to re-do the academy alongside the other new recruits. Instead, officials said Christman will begin field training on Monday.
Antonio DeLuco, age 23, is a 2013 graduate of Rome Free Academy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from SUNY Poly.
Dylan Guider, age 25, is a graduate of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School and earned his associate’s degree in intelligence operations from Cochise College in Arizona. He was a human intelligence collector as a corporal in the Army from 2013 to 2017 and is a member of the Army National Guard. He is married to Cailee Guider and they have a son and daughter.
Zach Hadasz, age 20, graduated from Whitesboro High School. He is scheduled to graduate from Mohawk Valley Community College in the fall with an associate’s degree in criminal justice. He was a member of the St. Elizabeth Medical Center security team as a supervisor before joining the department.
Matthew Heinrich, age 23, comes to the department from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, where he was a correctional officer. He graduated from Frankfort Schuyler High School then attended MVCC.
Jenna Kiskiel, age 20, is a 2015 graduate of RFA. She earned her associate’s degree in criminal justice and bachelor’s degree in criminal investigations, both from SUNY Canton. She was a dispatcher for the SUNY Canton university police.
John LaMarco, age 23, is a graduate of Sauquoit Valley High School and earned an associate's degree from MVCC in business. He was a senior security officer at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort before joining the department.
Jarrod Stanek, age 24, is a graduate of Holland Patent High School. He earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Mohawk Valley Community College.
Tyler Wilson, age 22, graduated from Schenectady High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Norwich University/Military College of Vermont. He was a campus security officer at Union College before joining the department. He is a specialist in the Army National Guard as a machine gun team leader.
Zackery White, age 24, is 2011 graduate of RFA. He attended MVCC. He worked in the security department at Turning Stone Casino and Resort, and was promoted to senior security officer then to supervisor.
White is the son of retired Rome Police Lt. Kenneth White.
“I feel honored to be chosen by the City of Rome to serve and protect them. I hope to give it my all,” said recruit Dylan Guider following the ceremony. “I think we’ll be ready for Monday. We’ll build that camaraderie through the academy. It’s exciting.”
Starting salary for a patrolman is $32,723.
The department’s budget this year is $7,029,400.