Odessa Police Department swears in 10 new officers

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ODESSA -- The Odessa Police Department has 10 new officers joining its ranks.

According to OPD, the officers were inducted at the Odessa Police Academy 16th Session graduation ceremony on Friday.

The following officers are among those joining the department:

Taylor Ross Box: Box is 24 years of age and was born and raised in Odessa, Texas. Box graduated from Odessa High School. Box began his career with the Odessa Police Department on November 6, 2017 and is a graduate of the 16th session of the Odessa Police Academy.

Toni Lynn Kaleo O’Kalani DeCosta: DeCosta is 34 years of age and was born in Wahiawa, Hawaii and raised in both Hawaii and Texas. DeCosta graduated from Ellison High School. DeCosta earned an Associate Degree in General Studies from Central Texas College and an Associate Degree in Applied Science Aviation Technology from Community College of the Air Force. DeCosta began her career with the Odessa Police Department on December 26, 2017 and is a graduate of the 16th session of the Odessa Police Academy.

Ishmael Flores: Flores is 28 years of age and was born in Veracruz, Mexico and raised in Chandler, Arizona. Flores graduated from El Dorado High School. Flores earned an Associate Degree in Police Science from Mesa Community College. Flores began his career with the Odessa Police Department on January 2, 2018 and is a graduate of the 16th session of the Odessa Police Academy.

Joe Galindo: Galindo is 21 years of age and was born and raised in Odessa, Texas. Galindo graduated from the Odessa High School. Galindo began his career with the Odessa Police Department on October 2, 2017 and is a graduate of the 16th session of the Odessa Police Academy.

Imiley Hawkins: Hawkins is 21 years old and was born in Arlington, Texas and raised in Midland, Texas. Hawkins attended Midland Classical Academy and earned an Associate Degree in Agriculture from Odessa College. Hawkins Began her career with the Odessa Police Department on December 18, 2017 and is a graduate of the 16th session of the Odessa Police Academy.

Myron Perkins: Perkins is 27 years of age and was born in Abilene, Texas, and raised in Clyde, Texas. Perkins graduated from Clyde High School. Perkins earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Hardin-Simmons University. Perkins began his career with the Odessa Police Department on December 4, 2017 and is a graduate of the 16th session of the Odessa Police Academy.

Bobby Pietropollo: Pietropollo is 28 years of age and was born in Roswell, New Mexico and raised in Odessa, Texas. Pietropollo graduated from Permian High School and earned an Associate Degree in Psychology from Odessa College. Pietropollo also served 2 years in the United States Navy. Pietropollo began his career with the Odessa Police Department on September 18, 2017 and is a graduate of the 16th session of the Odessa Police Academy.

Matthew Ryan Scott: Scott is 35 years of age and was born and raised in Odessa, Texas. Scott graduated from Permian High School. Scott earned a Bachelor Degree in Technical Management from DeVry University while also serving 8 years in the United States Army. Scott began his career with the Odessa Police Department on November 20, 2017 and is a graduate of the 16th session of the Odessa Police Academy.

Ricky Scott: Scott is 26 years of age and was born and raised in Bonneville, Arkansas. where he was home schooled. Scott served 4 years in the United States Army. Scott began his career with the Odessa Police Department on September 11, 2017 and is a graduate of the 16th session of the Odessa Police Academy.

Benjamin Wollot: Wollet is 21 years of age and was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Wollet graduated from the East Grand Rapids High School. Wollet began his career with the Odessa Police Department on December 11, 2017 and is a graduate of the 16th session of the Odessa Police Academy.