photos from Justin

That was Morris Police Officer Ryan Ties getting sworn in by Morris Mayor Dick Kopczick at the city council meeting on Monday night.

Ties started with the police department in February and graduated from the police academy in early July. Ties grew up in Morris, graduated from Morris High School in 2012 and from Illinois State University with a degree in Criminal Justice Studies in December 2015.

Officers Alex Tourlakes, Mark Vanderploeg and Tristan Borzick were recognized with awards from the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM).

During the meeting, Morris Police Chief John Severson read a letter from AAIM to the officers. 

Severson also said Borzick was honored with an award for the second time by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.