Two new officers sworn into Altavista Police Department

From left: Mayor Mike Mattox, Officer Destinee Tompkins, Chief Tommy Merricks, Officer Emily Thurman and Captain Kenneth Moorefield.

The Altavista Police Department swore in two new officers before Tuesday's town council meeting at town hall.

Officer Destinee Tompkins and Officer Emily Thurman are the department's newest members.

Retired Captain G. Howard Gregory, Virginia State Police, spoke at the ceremony.