“A big part of our future,” SPD swears in four officers, promotes three

Police being sworn in

Left to right: Rachel Bruce, Byron Goree, Justin Sappington and Brayley Running are sworn in to the Stillwater Police Department on Thursday 

In a room crowded with friends, family and supporters, three men and one woman took an oath to uphold the laws of both the United States and Oklahoma and to serve with integrity.

Rachel Bruce, Byron Goree, Brayley Running and Justin Sappington stood before a judge Thursday to be sworn in as officers with the SPD. All four have former law enforcement experience.

Stillwater Police Chief Jeff Watts began the ceremony by thanking the audience for coming.

“This is a big part of our future, and these are our future leaders and our future officers,” Watts said.

In his exhortation before Judge Raun administered the oath of office, Watts recalled the history of the Stillwater police department and the focus of its mission.

“We must never forget that we are public servants, and that our everyday mission is to serve and protect the citizens and visitors to the City of Stillwater,” Watts said. “We will continue to do this just as those before us and accept that our personal sacrifices directly contribute to the conditions in which our families, friends, neighbors and citizens live.”

After the four new officers were sworn in, there was a pinning ceremony for three men the SPD is promoting. Officers Shawn Millermon and Todd Parry were promoted to the rank of sergeant, and Sgt. Cody Manuel was promoted to lieutenant.

Watts finished with another thank you to the families of police officers.

“You, too, take on the burden of what they take on every day,” Watts said.