Devon Priddy, a Mount Shasta native, was sworn in as a new full-time paid officer for the Mount Shasta Police Department Thursday morning.

Devon Priddy, a Mount Shasta native, was sworn in as a new full-time paid officer for the Mount Shasta Police Department Thursday morning.

"We're very excited to have him," said Lieutenant Joe Restine.

Priddy came on the force briefly as a reserve officer, but due to low staffing levels the department found it necessary to hire him as a full time officer, said Restine.

"I'm happy to be able to work in the community where I grew up," said Priddy, 26.

He was sworn in by deputy city clerk Sherri Rogers and pinned with his badge by his wife, Jasmine, during a brief ceremony Sept. 5 in front of the MSPD.

Also attending were his stepson Caden Kane, his son Kayson, and his mother, grandmother and sister, all of Mount Shasta.

Priddy must now complete 14 weeks of field training before he can patrol without a partner.

MSPD chief Parish Cross read the department's mission statement aloud at the ceremony. He listed eight expectations he has for his department, including accountability, setting an example, keeping good relations with other departments, maintaining a chain of command, community involvement, having work completed on time, an absolutely prejudice-free department and being helpful and friendly.

"The purpose of the Mount Shasta Police Department, simply stated, is to provide for the public safety of the residents and visitors of the city," Cross said. "This goal is achieved through proactive and reactive law enforcement... The department acknowledges that successful realization of this goal is directly related to the amount of respect and assistance provided by the community we serve."