There are five new faces on the Erie Police force.

City of Erie Mayor Joe Schember swore in the new officers Thursday morning.

They took their oath in front of a large crowd of supporters then received their badges.

Their hiring brings the department up to its full compliment of 173 officers.

All of them have experience either in the military or from another law enforcement agency.

The new officers told Erie News Now they are eager to hit the streets of Erie.

"A lot of nerves going, [but I'm] very excited," said James Paulson III. "It's just something that I've always wanted to do. I'm finally here, and I worked hard for it."

"[I'm] extremely excited," said Andrew Gannoe. "I've been waiting for this day for a while, so I'm really excited to get out there."

The new officers will spend several weeks with training officers before they hit the streets on their own.

Meet the officers

Joshua McDonald, 33

  • Graduated from Girard High School
  • Worked for two years as a U.S. Border Patrol agent

Donald Shakespeare, 30

  • Most recently a guard at the Albion Prison for six years
  • Enlisted in the Army National Guard in 2006 and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom (2008-2009)
  • Still active in reserves and has attained rank of staff sergeant

James Paulson III, 25

  • Graduated from McDowell High School and has coached wrestling at Ft. LeBoeuf High School
  • Worked for Mercyhurst University Police Department and Erie County Sheriff's Department

Andrew Miller, 31

  • Graduated from General McLane High School
  • Recently worked for the City of Erie School District, Girard Borough, Lake City and Albion Borough Police Departments

Andrew Gannoe, 28

  • Graduated from Ft. LeBoeuf High School
  • Enlisted in U.S. Marine Corp. in 2009 and participated in Operation Enduring Freedom (2010 and 2013)