Chief Shawn Boyne believes everyone who wears the New Milford police badge is an ambassador of the department's standards, which go beyond "ordinary morality.''

He reminded those in attendance of his commitment at the April 7 swearing-in of two new patrol officers at Town Hall.

Officers Collin Marino and Rayden Arnold, who both graduated the day before from the state police academy in Meriden, listened as Chief Boyne said their job requires the highest degree of integrity, in and out of uniform.

He said he expects every police officer to willingly act whenever called on and to uphold the principle of doing the "right thing for the right reasons at the right time.''

"Be proud of who you are and what you are,'' Chief Boyne told them. "You're starting a new life. ... there is nothing more honorable you can do with your life than to serve.''

The two new officers, as well as Brian Peloso and David Petersen, who took the oath in February and are now in field training, were among the top four in a field of 155 applicants.

Lt. William Scribner said with recent hiring and promotions, the department is fulfilling a new vision at a pivotal moment in its history.

"The vision is to take ownership in our agency, develop a more service-oriented philosophy of policing, and stress accountability,'' Lt. Scribner said.

"Working together we can achieve this new vision for the agency and our community," he added. "As some of us have said, it's a new P.D. for 2011.''

Officer Marino -- whose father, Henry, is a town patrol officer, past detective and union leader nearing his 25th anniversary in the department -- said he is "super excited'' to be joining the same force as his father and welcomes the opportunity to make his own mark.

Henry Marino had tears in his eyes as he watched his eldest child accept the same solemn oath he accepted more than two decades ago.

"I want to be a great role model to the people in this community,'' said the younger Marino, who has a bachelor's degree in finance from Central Connecticut State University.

Officer Arnold is a newcomer to New Milford, hailng from Glastonbury, and is completing a bachelor's degree in business management at Central.

He is a senior airman in the Connecticut Air National Guard and was deployed to southwest Asia as part of the Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom campaigns.

"Awesome,'' Officer Arnold said of his new position. "It's a good feeling. I've met a lot of good people and I'm ready to go."