5 new Victoria police officers sworn in

The Victoria Police Department swore in five new officers, bringing vacancies down to four officer positions and one assistant chief position.

The department has combated its three-year shortage high by hiring 21 officers within the past three months, Detective Tanya Brown wrote in an email. New officers are, from left, Montey Sanford, of Austin; Kiana Padron, of Port Lavaca; Bryan Baumann, of El Campo; Shane Collins, of Collin County; and Andy Garcia, of Conroe.