The UCF Public Safety team grew by two new officers at a swearing-in ceremony attended by family, friends and colleagues.

鈥淲e鈥檙e both excited and proud to welcome these two fine young men to the public safety family,鈥 UCF Police Chief Carl Metzger 鈥03MS says. 鈥淎 lot is required of a law enforcement officer, and they have the courage and the fortitude to choose this career. There aren鈥檛 many professions where you put your life on the line to protect and defend a perfect stranger.鈥

The new officers will be assigned to the patrol division upon completion of their field-training program, where they will spend several weeks paired with senior officers to gain hands-on experience in the field before graduating to solo patrol.

UCF Police Chief Carl Metzger 鈥03MS swears-in Gabe Rubiales 鈥23 and Ethan Temperato during the ceremony. (Photo by Antoine Hart)

Meet the Officers

  • Originally from Key Largo, Florida, Gabe Rubiales 鈥23 is a former UCF Police intern who was sponsored by the agency to attend the law enforcement academy. A UCF alum with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, Rubiales is looking forward to engaging with the community and having positive interactions with students. When he鈥檚 not working, he鈥檚 an avid outdoorsman who loves spending time on the water or in the woods.
  • Soon-to-be UCF grad Ethan Temperato previously worked as a substitute teacher before making the switch to law enforcement. He chose the UCF Police Department because of the opportunities available to officers and the ability to interact with a diverse community. Fun fact: Ethan is a competitive bodybuilder and has even taken home a few trophies.

A live stream of the swearing-in ceremony can be viewed .