LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Lafayette Police Department is adding new officers to its force.
Mayor Tony Roswarski swore in four recruits at City Hall Friday morning.
Tobias Bushong, Chelci Main, Christopher Silva and Aaron Wright raised their hands and took an oath to protect and serve the community.
During the ceremony, Chief Patrick Flannelly talked about what it means to be a police officer and what’s expected of them. The new recruits said they are looking forward to it.
“My family and I wanted to plant our roots here in Lafayette,” Bushong said. “This is a great community. It’s a great place to raise our kids and a foundation for overall success on many levels.”
Silva said, “There’s the whole adrenaline rush of fighting crime, but ultimately you’re fighting crime to better the community in order to make the the community more habitable and a more enjoyable place to be around. To me, that’s the essence of being a police officer.”
Three of the new officers are now headed to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy for training. Officer Main is already a graduate and will start patrols in a few weeks.
Let’s meet our community’s newest officers.
Officer Tobias Bushong:
Bushong is a 28-year-old West Lafayette native. He’s a Harrison High School graduate with prior military experience. He previously served in the U.S. Army from 2008-2013 and served in both Iraq and South Korea. Bushong worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs Police Department since 2013 and is a Federal Police Officer in Danville, Illinois. He is currently studying to complete a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Officer Chelci Main:
Main, 25, is from Bremen, Indiana, and graduated from Bremen High School and then Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Main, as mentioned, is already a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Prior to joining Lafayette police, Main was an officer with the Anderson Police Department since March 2015.
Officer Christopher Silva:
Silva is a 26-year-old Anderson native. He graduated in 2008 and went on to Ball State University where he earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice. Silva is currently an Indiana National Guard sergeant and has served as a military police officer/investigator for nine years. He served in Afghanistan from 2015-2016. Silva is also employed in the private sector as a loss prevention specialist.
Officer Aaron Wright:
Wright, 24, is a Lafayette native and a graduate of Faith Christian High School. He is also a graduate of Western Governors University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business management. Prior to joining the Lafayette Police Department, Wright worked in the private sector and has significant private sector management experience.