Three become police officers, one promoted

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Three new police recruits were sworn into service today, and a 10-year veteran officer was promoted to sergeant.

The new officers — Stacie Skidmore, age 22; Matthew A. Hall, age 22; and Rory Spain, age 24 — will begin training at the Mohawk Valley Police Academy next week. The Academy is a 24-week program where they will learn the ins and outs of police work, and it will be followed by another 12 weeks of field training. Meanwhile, Officer Michael P. DeMatteo, age 33, was promoted to sergeant this morning. DeMatteo is the son of former police chief Gary DeMatteo. He joined the force in June 2006.

“We have the best department around, with the most professional and highly-trained officers that you can have,” said Police Chief Kevin C. Beach at the swearing-in ceremony this morning at City Hall.

The officers:

• Sgt. Michael P. DeMatteo, 33, of Rome, is the son of Gary and Mary DeMatteo. He is married with two children. DeMatteo is a graduate of Rome Free Academy and Utica College. He has served with both the department’s Community Impact Unit and Detective Division.

• Officer Stacie Skidmore, 22, of Rome, is the daughter of Derek Skidmore and Darlene Skidmore. She is a 2011 graduate of Rome Free Academy, and a 2015 graduate of St. John Fisher College. She previously interned with the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office.

• Officer Matthew A. Hall, 22, of Rome, is the son of Randy and Debra Hall. He is a 2012 graduate of Ilion High School, and a 2015 graduate of Utica College.

• Officer Rory Spain, 24, of Rome, is the son of Michael and Theresa Spain. He is a graduate of Tully High School and Alfred State College.

The new recruits bring the department up to full strength, with 76 officers. But Chief Beach said more retirements are expected before the end of the month.

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