Today seven new officers were commissioned by the Longview Police Department after several weeks of training.
Dozens of people gathered around as the men and women were sworn into the police force.
Friends and family pinned badges on the new officers and a short bio was read about each one.
The seven were hired to compensate for a shortage of police officers in Longview.
The officers are: William C. Buchanan, Amy S. Cave, Debra A. Stiles, Andrew A. Allison, Jeffery S. Bruhn, Philana G. Arnold, Cody E. Davis.