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Historic Night for Belmont Police Department

The Belmont Police Department welcomed five new officers and promoted two to the rank of corporal Tuesday night.

Belmont Police Dept. swearing in of five new officers and two promotions to corporal  Photo: Joan Dentler
Belmont Police Dept. swearing in of five new officers and two promotions to corporal Photo: Joan Dentler
It was standing room only Tuesday night at the Belmont City Council meeting as family members, friends, pubic safety officials, and community members gathered to witness the swearing in of five new police officers and the promotion of two others to the rank of corporal.

"We are here to celebrate a very special evening," said Belmont Police Chief Dan DeSmidt.

DeSmidt said that due to the department's recruitment efforts, the city would welcome the highest number of new recruits in the history of the department.

"Our recruitment efforts were long, and very successful, and I'd like to thank Capt. Tony Psaila for his help in recruiting this class of new officers," said DeSmidt. 

After DeSmidt introduced each officer, the group of seven took the oath of office administered by Jozi Plut, and each had a badge pinned to his uniform by a member of his family. 

Promoted to the rank of corporal were:

Corporal Clyde Hussey A 14-year veteran of the department, Hussey began as a community service officer in 1999. On his way to corporal, Cpl. Hussey worked as a police officer, field training officer, motor officer, and detective, where he's been part of the unit responsible for many high profile arrests. 

Corporal Scott Fegley Joining the department in 1988, Cpl. Fegley has served in many roles, including 911 dispatcher, reserve police officer, patrol officer, motor officer, school resource officer and field training officer. As corporal, he will supervises and train patrol teams. 

The five new Belmont Police Department officers are: 

Officer Mike Stauffer A native of Redwood City, Officer Stauffer graduated from the Police Academy at College of San Mateo. He recently completed his field training and is assigned to a patrol unit. 

Officer Shawn Nimau A former patrol deputy and SWAT officer in Lake County (CA), Officer Nimau grew up in Pacifica and holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from University of San Francisco. 

Officer Joe Lorenzini One of three new officers to recently graduate from the Police Academy at College of San Mateo, Officer Lorenzini has also worked for the County of San Mateo and in the private sector as a telephone systems engineer. 

Officer Ryan Collins A squad leader during his time at the Police Academy at College of San Mateo, Officer Collins also served six years with the U.S. Marine Corp where he reached the rank of sergeant. He has also been a supervising paramedic with AMR.

Officer Andrew Balady As the department's most recent hire, Officer Balady is a graduate of the College of San Mateo Police Academy where he served as a squad leader. He graduated this year from Boston University with a bachelor's degree in sociology. 

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