Kinston welcomes 10 new police officers

KINSTON, NC (WITN) The city of Kinston Police Department held a ceremony Wednesday evening welcoming new officers.

K PD welcomed new police officers and promoted others within the department. They also welcomed the department's first K9 officer, Brix.

Many members of the community gathered at the Kinston Council Chambers to witness 10 new officers being sworn in and pinned with their badge.

Police Chief Alonzo Jaynes says he is thankful for the community's support. "Really trying to get the community involved and let them see that the police is part of the community, more importantly, we're here to serve the community and we wanted to open our doors and invite them into our world and let them help us recognize our officers that really work hard to wear the badge."

Jaynes says it was a coincidence that the ceremony was held on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and his 24th anniversary in law enforcement.