The Stow Police Department gained two new officers with the Jan. 9 swearing in of Justin Burgess and Jacob Pajestka.

Officer Burgess is originally from Carrollton and graduated from Carrollton High School in 2008.

He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Akron in 2012 and has spent some time working in the mental health field.

He also graduated from the Kent State University Basic Police Academy in June 2016.

Officer Pajestka is from Brunswick and is a 2012 graduate of Brunswick High School.

He graduated with honors from Kent State University in December 2015 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a minor in psychology. He is also a June 2016 graduate of the Kent State University Basic Police Academy. Since January of 2016, he has been a Reserve Officer with the Stow Police Department.