Bossier City Police Chief Shane McWilliams administered oaths to four new Bossier City police officers and three new SWAT team paramedics this morning during a brief ceremony at the Bossier City Police Department.
The new officers are George K. Fanning, Charles F. Spraggins Jr., Michael M. Martinez and Christopher D. Isom. Officers Fanning, Spraggins and Martinez were among the five police recruits affected by the workforce reduction last year. They were rehired on January 1, 2011 upon approval last year by the Bossier City Council after police department workforce numbers dropped below their budgeted level as the result of attrition. The new officers have been certified through the Caddo Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy and are currently undergoing departmental training. The training will continue over the next few weeks. Upon completing that training the new officers will spend several weeks riding patrol with Field Training Officers before being assigned to the patrol division.
The new Bossier City Police SWAT tactical paramedics are Blair Bockhaus, Robert Moore and Lance Parker, each of whom are members of the Bossier City Fire Department. As tactical paramedics, these individuals’ primary function is to provide immediate emergency medical assistance as needed during SWAT team operations. They are also cross trained in the use of all SWAT team weapons and tactics. They also monitor the health and well-being of SWAT team members during operations and training. The BCPD SWAT team added tactical paramedics in 2004. The team currently has five tactical paramedics, all of whom are members of the Bossier City Fire Department.
From Bossier City Police Department