Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said the new officers bring a combined 46 years of law enforcement experience with them to Warren. “Congratulations on being part of what I consider to be the best police department in the state,” Mayor Jim Fouts said.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said the new officers bring a combined 46 years of law enforcement experience with them to Warren. “Congratulations on being part of what I consider to be the best police department in the state,” Mayor Jim Fouts said.

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Warren Police Department celebrates 11 of its own

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published January 7, 2019

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WARREN — A crop of veteran and new officers stood before their family members, friends and the Warren police “brotherhood” during a morning ceremony at City Hall Dec. 21.

Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer told those assembled that the event embraced a new tradition, one that celebrates officers at the end of their service with the city, those taking on new challenges within the department and those coming to Warren to begin or continue their careers in law enforcement.

A retiree, five officers up for promotion and five recent hires were recognized on the “very exciting day.”

“It’s really nice around the holidays to have the promotions, and the appointees and retirements,” Dwyer said. “This is a day in which we recognize hard work and achievements. It’s also a day that we welcome five new officers into our family.”

Flanked by Mayor Jim Fouts and a room full of current and retired Warren officers, Sgt. Ken Marsee was congratulated upon his retirement.

Standing at the podium for promotion were Sgt. David Kriss, to lieutenant; Cpl. Steve Showers and Cpl. Geoff Ala, both promoted to sergeant; and officers William Mierzwinski and Jeff Masserang, both promoted to corporal.

The department also welcomed its newest officers: James Rebidas, Dondre Penn, Ryan Addis, Scott MacKenzie and Bryan Dixon.

“Congratulations on being part of what I consider to be the best police department in the state,” Fouts said. “It’s because it has outstanding leadership. It’s also because it has outstanding men and women who get the job done.”

Dwyer said the new officers bring a combined 46 years of law enforcement experience with them to Warren.

“Because of our new hiring initiatives, we are actively recruiting, first, men and women who are experienced and professional,” Dwyer said. “What do we ask of you? To go out on the road, be kind and compassionate, and treat the citizens of Warren how you would like your family to be treated, and obviously work hard and keep the city safe.

“What we will give you in return: You have the finest equipment, training, benefits, and you’ll be part of the Warren Police Department brotherhood, which is very important,” Dwyer said.

The ceremony was capped by the recognition of a pair of recent donations to support the city’s K-9 program. Auto dealer Jim Riehl, from Warren’s Friendly Chrysler Jeep, presented a check to the department for $8,000, which will be earmarked to purchase four bulletproof vests for the specially trained dogs.

Representatives from the Professional Law Enforcement Association Foundation were also on hand to present the department with four specialty tactical vests that facilitate more efficient handling and control during K-9 operations.

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