Brothers Sworn In As Junior Deputies: 'I Promise to Tell if I See Any Bad People'

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“I, Noel, promise to tell my parents if I see any bad people or any emergencies.”

That was the vow made by 7-year-old Noel and his brother, 4-year-old Noah, as they became the newest members of Clay County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.

They were sworn in as junior deputies earlier this week after Public Information Officer Christopher Padgett said their mom reached out to the department.

“Noah and Noel’s mother had seen one of our officers [and] the kids wanted to talk to him,” Padgett told “He had a suspect in the vehicle and unfortunately he couldn’t take the time to talk to them.”

Instead, Padgett said he offered the kids a tour of their department and after showing them around, invited them to be honorary deputies in a swearing-in ceremony.

Noah and Noel later said they wanted to be cops when they grow up.

“We’re building a bond with the community and that bond starts with our youth,” Padgett explained. “We’re here to make a difference in peoples’ lives. We want to let them know there’s a positive side to [law enforcement].”


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