Flanked by family and friends, both new and old, Juan Rodriguez and Luke Hintzen were sworn in as at .
Both men worked previously for the Paterson Police Department.
Rodriguez, 33, who took the oath standing beside his wife, Vanessa, and their son Christian, 4, is an Afghanistan war veteran.
He was born, raised and still resides in Paterson with his family, and was a patrolman on Paterson's police force for four years.
Prior to becoming a police officer, Rodriguez served four years in the Army, one of which he spent deployed to Afghanistan.
He has a degree in Criminal Justice from Passaic County Community College.
Hintzen, 26, is a native of Fair Lawn, who currently lives in Hawthorne.
He was a member of Paterson's police force for two-and-a-half years before being laid off in April.
Hintzen went through the , where he was a . He previously served as an assistant wrestling coach for Fair Lawn's junior wrestling program, and said it was volunteering in that capacity which made him realize his love for public service and helping others.
Hintzen has an associates degree in Graphic Design from Bergen Community College.
The two new hires will bring the police force levels to 56, although Chief Erik Rose said the effective number will be 55 temporarily until a replacement for an officer who retired earlier this month is found.
Also at Tuesday's meeting, .