Three new Beaumont PD officers swear oath

Reginald Boykin Sr. pins his son’s badge.

The Beaumont Police Department added three new officers to its ranks at a swearing-in ceremony held at the police station June 10.

Jacob Leslie, a 27-year-old resident of Beaumont, was one of three new officers to take the Oath of Office on Friday. Leslie is a recent graduate of the LIT Regional Police Academy. He previously served eight years active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard with four years as a boarding officer. His brother-in-law, Sgt. Cody Lackey of the Boerne Police Department, pinned Leslie’s badge at the ceremony. His wife, Ana, and their 6-month-old daughter, Isabella, joined him at the event.

Jeffrey Vogt, 45, of Lumberton also swore his BPD oath on June 10. Vogt is a recent graduate of the LIT Regional Police Academy. He previously served as a New Jersey State Corrections Officer from where he retired after 25 years of service. His father James Vogt, a retired law enforcement officer who served with state and federal departments, pinned his son’s badge.

Reginald Boykin Jr. swore in with his fellow officers at the ceremony. Boykin is a 26-year-old Beaumont resident and recent graduate of the LIT Regional Police Academy. He previously earned a Bachelor’s of Art in Criminal Justice from the University of Jamestown. More recently, he served four years as a correctional officer with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Pinning his badge at the ceremony was his father, long-time Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Reginald Boykin Sr.

“This is a big day; this a very special day,” BPD’s Chief Jimmy Singletary told the new officers as he welcomed them to the team. “Not just for these gentlemen and their families, but for the Beaumont Police Department. We are proud of any young man or young woman that wants to be in law enforcement today.”

The department has hired 60 officers in the last five years, said the chief, bringing the total number of BPD officers up to 260.

“It’s going to be a fun ride,” Singletary told the new recruits. “It’s going to be an interesting ride. It’s going to be a challenging ride, for these three men and their families. We so much appreciate you three choosing the Beaumont Police Department. … It’s a very good police department.