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Horsham Welcomes New Police Officer

Joseph Rivera will fill the void left following Detective John Austin's retirement in March.

Joseph Rivera spent four years serving his country – including a year in Iraq – and beginning Tuesday he will serve the community he’s called home for the last eight years.

Rivera, 32, was sworn in during Wednesday night’s township council meeting as ’s newest officer. Rivera’s family and many of the department’s 39-member police force filled council chambers.

“As you can see, we have a pretty big family,” Police Chief Robert Ruxton said, gesturing to the uniformed officers present. “We all look out for each other."

Starting next week, Rivera, who had worked part-time for the last three years as a police officer in Jenkintown and West Conshohocken, will begin looking out for fellow police officers and the Horsham community.

“It’s something I always wanted to do since I was a kid,” Rivera told Patch after District Judge Harry J. Nesbitt performed the official swearing in ceremony.

Regardless of other career high points, Ruxton said Wednesday’s ceremony will remain a highlight for Rivera.

“He’s always going to remember tonight and he’ll especially remember when he receives his badge,” Ruxton said, before turning to Rivera. “Joe, I hope you’ll wear it with great pride.”

Rivera will fill the void left from the .

Ruxton said Rivera was the top candidate of the 146 who took the test.

The high volume of applicants was “a testament to the quality and reputation of our police department," Township Manager Bill Walker said.

“These men and women work 24/7 protecting our quality of life,” Walker said.

Raquel September 15, 2011 at 10:39 PM
Congrats to my brother we are all so proud of you I know you will continue to do the best for the community love you your sister Raquel
Annette Martinez September 16, 2011 at 12:08 AM
Congratulations to my brother.. We love you be safe and continue to do what you always wanted, Love ya your sister Annette
HarleyGirl04 September 16, 2011 at 12:18 AM
Congrats Officer Rivera and Welcome to the Community...Considering that 146 others took the test and they choose you....That speaks volume in your dedication. Good Luck and Be Safe !
Elizabeth Becketts September 16, 2011 at 01:05 AM
Sending my cousin Joey all the blessing in the world!!! Joey we love you and wish you the best at all times. Joey has made us very proud of the son, husband and father he has become!! We love you very much and please be safe at all times. Love ya cuz Beth
maria montalvo September 16, 2011 at 03:02 AM
CONGRATS OFFICER JOSEPH RIVERA;) WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU:) BE SAFE OUT THERE AND WE LOVE YOU VERY MUCH:)
david macgowan September 16, 2011 at 01:44 PM
Way to go JOE!!! Horsham Police Dept. picked a Great guy to serve and protect the community !!! Just remember I have a plymouth neon. " NO TICKETS ARE TO BE GIVEN OUT TO NEONS." Congrats again !! your buddy David MACGowan
Jenna Noel September 16, 2011 at 09:39 PM
wow wtg.... 1st out of 146 candidates!!!..... nice of them to pick the CREAM OF THE CROP.........Horsham is definitely getting the best bang for their buck..... best of luck!!!

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