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April 23, 2013

Hands-on training begins for three new police officers


Woff and Yeager snagged physical fitness honors in the 300-point club alongside five other trainees. In order to receive this status, they had to run 1.5 miles in less than nine minutes, do at least 80 sit-ups in two minutes and do 20 pull-ups with no time limit.

“Seven in one class is a pretty big number,” Yeager said. “There are usually only one or two who make it that far.”

The OPD is not quite at a full staff of 41 officers with these three stepping on board. A recent resignation and the open police chief position leaves the department short an officer, said Sgt. Chad Farrington.

The three new officers are anxious and ready to begin their PTO program, Wolff said. While they got a taste of every field during their time at the academy, the next 15 weeks are when they’ll learn the most about the job, Yeager said.

“There’s still lots to learn,” Schutte said. “PTO is based on the idea that they’ll tell you, show you and then you go do it.”

Farrington said the three men still hold the same attitude they started with when they were sworn in in January.

“But now they’re more educated on law enforcement,” he said. “They have a better foothold and understand the law and police tactics. PTO will now hone and specialize their training on ... our policies and procedures and municipal code.”

His advice for the new officers is to keep an open mind.

“Law enforcement is ever-changing,” Farrington said. “You’ll never know all there is to know because there’s a new situation or problem every day. And you’ll need a positive attitude. That’s probably the most important. Whether it’s particular calls for service or a situation that may bother you, PTO teaches you not only how to be an officer but how to deal with stress at work.”

To see how the OPD narrowed its search to these three men, go online to to read “Three men sworn in as police officers” and “Applicants test for police department positions.”



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