Boston Police Recruit Officer Patrick E. Byrne returns from active duty, and is sworn in as a new Boston Police Officer. Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Commissioner Kathleen M. O'Toole conducted a special swearing-in ceremony for Boston Police Recruit Officer Patrick E. Byrne, an Iraq War Veteran. The ceremony took place on Monday, January 9, 2006 at 2:00 pm at Boston Police Headquarters. Members of Recruit Officer Byrne's family as well as classmates from his original Academy Class were on-hand for the special ceremony.
"I'd like to welcome Patrick back to Boston! On behalf of the city, I want to thank you for your service to our country and congratulate you on a job well done," Mayor Menino said. "While this ceremony marks the end of your training, it also begins your career of serving our residents to make Boston a safer city. You are now joining another select group of men and women who constantly put the needs of others before their own. And you are protecting a city that is very grateful for your service." A member of the United States Navy Reserves Seabees (ground forces), Recruit Officer Byrne was called to active military duty prior to his scheduled graduation from Academy Class 41-04. Following his military activation, Recruit Officer Byrne toured in all areas of Iraq. After ten months of active service, Byrne successfully completed his tour of duty and recently returned home to fulfill his Police Academy requirements. A South Boston native, he will be assigned to District A-1. "It is with great pride that I welcome Recruit Officer Byrne to the distinguished ranks of the Boston Police Department," Commissioner O'Toole said. "The same humility, professionalism and devotion to duty that Patrick so clearly demonstrated with the U.S. Navy Seabees will make him a great asset to the Boston Police Department." Currently the Boston Police Department has 11 officers serving active military duty. These officers are full-time members of the Boston Police Department, who have left their homes, their families and their jobs to serve our country. The department thanks them for their service and their sacrifices. We keep them in our thoughts and prayers, as we await their safe return to Boston. New Boston Police Officer Patrick E. Byrne with his family Police Officer Byrne is congratulated by Mayor Thomas Menino Pinning the badge