Decatur PD swears in 7 new officers, including the third member of one family

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Decatur Police swore in seven new police officers Monday morning. Among them is a young man who’s name is well known among the officers. He has a legacy to fulfill.

Among the speakers during Monday morning’s ceremony was Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson. “You have chosen a career that is a very high calling.”

Seven new faces answered the call and join the ranks of Decatur’s finest. Their families were on hand to celebrate the moment with them as they join the ranks of the thin blue line. One after another, a shiney new police badge pinned for the first time on a stark blue uniform, all except one. The badge pinned on Officer Josh Williams has been around the block a time or two. It’s the badge his father wore, for 17 years.

“This is my son, and I’m well pleased…”

For Josh, growing up as the son of a policeman, he could have gone either way, but chose the high road, to follow in the footsteps of his father.

“Well, my father’s a good man to follow after and I always respected him, and all the things I’ve seen him do with it I knew that was a great way and something I’ve always wanted to do,” says Officer Josh Williams.

His father told us, retired Officer David Williams, told us, “I’ve always tried to provide them with direction but also let them know that the expectation was not that they become a police officer but that they be good people.”

Seven good people took the oath to serve and protect. And for them, a prayer, from Chief Detective Nadis Carlisle.

“It is our humble prayer that you always remain by their side. Amen.”

And amen.

As we said, Josh Williams becomes the third member of his family to wear that badge. Josh’s older brother, Byron Williams, joined the force in 2010.

Other recruits taking the oath Monday included Jasmin Ferizovic, Jody Fuller, Frank Linam, Patrick Morgera, Cody Southwood, and Jonathan Zech.

New officers being sworn in. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

New officers being sworn in. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

Retired officer David Williams pins his old police badge on his son, Officer Joshua Williams Monday morning. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

Retired officer David Williams pins his old police badge on his son, Officer Joshua Williams Monday morning. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

Officer Joshua Williams takes the oath and becomes the third member of his family to wear the Decatur Police Department badge. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

Officer Joshua Williams takes the oath and becomes the third member of his family to wear the Decatur Police Department badge. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

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