Former Wilson Elementary Student Sworn in As Framingham Police Officer
FRAMINGHAM – Victor Souza was born in Brazil, and at the age of 4 moved to Framingham with his mother.
Today, he is one of five new police officers in the City of Framingham.
Yesterday, he was administered the oath of office by City Clerk Lisa Ferguson in a ceremony at Nevins Hall at the Memorial Building.
During yesterday’s police ceremony, more than 100 people witnessed five new officers were sworn in, two officers promoted to sergeant, and one officer promoted to lieutenant.
Framingham Mayor Charlie Sisitsky spoke. City Council Chair Phil Ottaviani Jr., Vice Chair Janet Leombruno, and District 4 City Councilor Michael Cannon also attended the ceremony.
“Officer Sousa took his first step as a Framingham resident by attending Woodrow Wilson Elementary School and ever since then has only grown in dedication
and perseverance. In fact, at this young age he assisted his mother with English, while he, himself, was still learning to adapt to a new country,” said Framingham Police Chief Lester Baker during yesterday’s ceremony.
“At a young age Victor developed specific attributes. He enjoyed helping others and began showing strong initiative and resolve in any situation,” said Chief Baker.
“Victor has significant ties with the community, as well as the residents. When the opportunity to join the Framingham Police Department approached, he saw it as a chance to give back to the community that had provided him and his family the chance to grow,” said Chief Baker.
Prior to Law Enforcement, he worked as a personal banker at Santander and TD Bank.
Officer Souza is also the first member of his family to join law enforcement in the United States.
During yesterday’s ceremony his wife Gabrielle Souza pinned his badge on his uniform.