WHITTIER – An audience of about 100 family and friends gathered Thursday for the swearing in of seven new Whittier police officers and the promotions of three others in ceremonies at the Whittier Community Center. Whittier Police Department Chief David Singer first introduced the veteran officers who are advancing their careers. He began by introducing dispatcher Kristi Galbiso. Galbiso had held the position before but had to leave due to a serious illness. After she recovered, she returned to the department. “I came back to my extended family,” Galbiso said. “And I’m so happy to be back.” Singer then introduced the new senior property and evidence technician, Billy Cosby. Cosby has served 15 years in law enforcement and said he is happy to be in Whittier now. “This is one of the best police departments I’ve ever worked for,” Cosby said. Steve Gardner was promoted to senior forensic specialist. Gardner has been in law enforcement for 17 years. “The way I look at it, I still have 19 years to go,” Gardner said. “And I look forward to having many cases solved.” The seven new officers were then brought on stage and sworn in by the chief. Their families then had the opportunity to pin on their badges. The audience had a good laugh when new officer Ryan Todd was asked to speak on behalf of all the other officers and swore them in by mistake. “That was just a dress rehearsal,” Todd quipped. “But, we are all very excited to be here.” Other new officers are: Kelly Medellin, Esteban Medina, Agustin Guangorena, Nestor Gonzalez, Jesse Benavente and Rick Myers. Sgt. Jay Tatman and Dominic Iraldo were sworn in at the end the ceremony. Their wives pinned their badges on and Singer cut their ties. “It’s a Whittier tradition,” Singer said. Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley attended and offered his congratulations. “They all look very deserving of their positions,” Cooley said. “The city of Whittier should be very proud.” Family and friends joined the new and promoted officers for lunch at the community center after the ceremony. The new officers are expected to begin their duties right away. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!