More than six months ago, 25-year-old Artin Melik-Kasumyan was treating and transporting patients in an ambulance as an emergency medical technician.
But after months of hard work and training to become a police officer, Melik-Kasumyan was sworn in Tuesday with the Glendale Police Department.
As an officer, he said he hopes to “make it a safe and better place for kids to be raised.”
Melik-Kasumyan is one of three of the department's newest officers, along with Eric Voskanian and Travis Bateman. Bateman is a second class petty officer with the Navy Reserves, where he specializes in expeditionary warfare intelligence. His father is a motor officer in the department.
FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Travis Bateman is with the Army Reserves.
The latest round of hires is expected to strengthen the department's staffing, but they won't fill all the Police Department's vacancies this fiscal year, Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.