LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Four new Lafayette police officers are officially on the job.
Officers Miles Courtney, Mathew Pate, Jacob Ricks and Victor Sikorski took their oaths in front of family and friends Friday morning.
Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski gave them the oath of office as they accepted their badges. It means Lafayette Police Department now has 137 officers, 36 of those positions were hired in the last three years.
Courtney said he’s excited to represent the department.
“It feels great, I’m very honored,” Courtney said. “The guys that just were sworn in with me are great applicants, and I look forward to seeing what all of us do for the town.”
Two of the four newly sworn-in officers were already certified by the police academy.
“I was previously a police officer in a another small area south of here, but I look forward to coming here and just showing everybody what I can do, and what I am made of, and how great of a department this is, and just look forward to working here,” said Courtney.
Lafayette police will swear in five more officers in a ceremony on Oct. 14, bringing LPD to full staff with 142 officers.
Meet Lafayette’s newest officers and read more about them below.
Officer Miles Courtney is a 26-year-old Indiana native and a veteran when it comes to law enforcement. He served with the North Vernon Police Department since 2015 and before that (2012-2015) served as a corrections officer with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Courtney is originally from Madison, Indiana but then moved to Hanover, Indiana and graduated from Southwestern High School in 2008. He attended the University of Southern Indiana and Ivy Tech-Madison before attending and graduating from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2015.
Officer Matthew Pate is 25 years old and originally from Ohio, where he was a 2010 graduate of Elder High School in Cincinnati. Pates attended UNC-Ashville and graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 2016, where he earned a degree in criminal justice. Pates also has some prior training experience, being a 2016 graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Pates was also a collegiate pitcher for both universities prior to taking his position with LPD.
Officer Ricks is 22 years old and originally from Tippecanoe County, but graduated from Benton Central High School in 2013 — where he excelled both academically and athletically. Ricks attended Purdue University and is currently a member of the Indiana National Guard. He is a trained combat medic and EMT. Prior to his job with Lafayette police, Ricks was employed in the private sector as a loss prevention specialist.
Officer Sikorski is a 26-year-old Indiana native. He graduated from Wheeler High School in Valparaiso, where he excelled academically and athletically — being named a State Champion swimmer and two-time All-American. Sikorski stayed in town and attended Valparaiso University, but graduated from Purdue University in 2013 with a degree in sales management and a minor in communications. He worked in the private sector before taking his position with LPD.