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Local Focus NBPD Holds Swearing-in Ceremony to Welcome New Officers and Staff

By Robyn Grant | NB Indy
The Newport Beach Police Department held the first post-pandemic live swearing-in on Tuesday , Aug . 30 , reestablishing a longstanding tradition of formally welcoming new hires into positions of public service in the city .
For the last two and a half years , hiring by the department continued without the benefit of a ceremony which is an important recognition event for new employees , their families , and the department as a whole .
Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis presided over Tuesday ’ s event with his usual good cheer and wit , quipping that the donuts at the celebration were “ crime-fighting energy biscuits .”
Chief Lewis opened by stating that “ The greatest strength of the department is the people who wear the uniform . Their character , their intelligence , and their sense of service – these are the things that define who we are at the NBPD . We are a team , with a shared vision for how we bring leadership , innovation , and unparalleled service to this community .”
Recognized employees included Andrew Quickle , part-time community services officer ; Alyson Gibb
NBPD Chief Jon Lewis ( far left ) with new members of the force / photo by Robyn Grant
and Jennifer Lee , community services officers ; Arely Valadez , part-time dispatcher ; Zoey Henry , dispatcher ; Jared Edwards and Matthew Wong , police officers ; and Kyle Harman , lateral police officer .
It is interesting to note that six of the eight in the promoted group are home-grown , born and raised in Southern California . The two exceptions are Andrew Quickle , who was born in Kiev , Ukraine and raised by his adopted family in Southern California , and Jared Edwards , who was born in Englewood , Colorado and came to Southern California to attend college at UCI after serving eight years in the Marines , including two combat deployments to Afghanistan .
Two of the promoted officers have deep roots in the Newport Beach Police Department . Andrew Quickle ’ s wife Cherise is a community services officer , and his mother-in-law , Erica Bloom , worked with the NBPD for over 30 years . His cousin , Sean Nearhoof , is also a Newport Beach police officer .
Zoey Henry ’ s father Rick is a retired Newport Beach police detective and has the prominent distinction of being the former partner of Chief Lewis .
In addition , both of Zoey ’ s grandfathers worked at the Los Angeles Police Department .
Others in the promoted group have similar ties to law enforcement and public service . Alyson Gibb began her law enforcement career with the Transportation Security Administration at Los Angeles International Airport , where she worked for four years . Jennifer Lee ’ s husband Jeff is the Chaplain for the Costa Mesa Police Department . As a student , Arely Valdez worked for the California State University , Dominguez Hills police department and later worked at Orange Coast College as a public safety dispatcher . Kyle Harman ’ s dad Craig is a retired Sergeant from the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’ s Department . During college , Matt Wong worked for the U . S . Department of State as an intern .
Chief Lewis poignantly advised the group of new hires “ You will find your greatest impact in the small moments . When you connect with someone who is at their most vulnerable and , out of all the world , you are the person who extends a hand to lift them up . That is our calling . When our fellow man is in need , we are there to help .”