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The O'Connors: Public Safety is a Family Affair

James O'Connor was sworn in as a Belmont police officer Tuesday night, joining his great grandfather, grandfather, father, uncle and cousin in the brotherhood of law enforcement.

As Jim O'Connor took the oath of office last night before a standing-room-only crowd at the Belmont City Council meeting, he affirmed his role in his blue blood family of police officers, chiefs, and SWAT members. O'Connor is a fourth-generation police officer.

O'Connor, a graduate of Serra High School, College of San Mateo and the South Bay Training Academy, was introduced by before being sworn in by City Clerk Terri Cook. O'Connor's mother, Janet, then pinned the new badge on her son's uniform.

After the ceremony, the young O'Connor was congratulated by family members, including is father, Mark O'Connor, who is Hillsborough's Chief of Police, his uncle Matt, a former Hillsborough Chief of Police, and his cousin Matthew, an officer and SWAT member with the South San Francisco Police Department.

Check out the Patch Clip video above of Chief O'Connor upon his son's swearing in.

Mark O'Connor said that although his son had worked with police agencies throughout the area, he wanted launch his career Belmont.

"He came to my office one day and said he wanted to work in Belmont," said Mark O'Connor.

"When I asked him why, he said it was the people of Belmont and the teamwork of the department."

Joan S. Dentler January 09, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Congratulations Belmont's newest police officer, Jim O'Connor. The O'Connor family legacy lives on!
Stacie Chan January 09, 2013 at 07:03 PM
This is great, Joan. You can hear the pride in Mark O'Connor's voice. Congrats!
Beatrice Karnes January 09, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Wow, what an amazing legacy. Thank you to the entire O'Connor family.
Angel G. Hession January 10, 2013 at 12:33 AM
This is a true legacy. Thanks Joan for doing such a fine job in sharing this special moment.
janet o'connor January 10, 2013 at 04:22 AM
Thank you Joan! It was a pleasure to meet you, and for you to take the time with our family. Belmont is a great community, and I think Patch is a great tribute in keeing the community informed.

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