The Iowa City Police Department welcomed four new officers during a ceremony Friday, March 4, 2022, in Emma Harvat Hall.
Officer Melanie Long is from Ames. Officer Long earned a Bachelors degree from the University of Iowa and previously served with the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety.
Officer Alma Avila Cruz is from West Liberty. Officer Avila Cruz earned a Bachelors degree from the University of Northern Iowa and previously served with the Coralville Police Department.
Officer Cade Burma is from Boone. Officer Burma earned a Bachelors degree from the University of Iowa and previously served with the North Liberty Police Department.
Officer Alex Hertges is from Calmar. Officer Hertges earned an Associates degree from Kirkwood Community College and previously served with the Sumner Police Department.
All four new officers are graduates of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and will enter into the department's Field Training Program.