October 11, 2017 11:17 PM
(ABC 6 News) - On Wednesday the Rochester Police Department swore in six new officers. Officers went through eight weeks of pre-field training before receiving their badges.
Officer Ryan Sillers worked in law enforcement in Idaho before coming to Rochester. He credits his past experience for this moment.
"For 13 1/2 years, I was a deputy before coming here, and you really learn to engage the public and be a part of it and really interact with them well,” Sillers said. “I think that's a big part of being an officer in this day and age."
"[They all] bring a great deal of experience and a lot of different skill sets," Rochester Police Chief Roger Peterson said.
Peterson also said that departments with a larger staff of officers have a better chance of handling "use of force" situations.
"[It’s] absolutely critical from my perspective that the officers on our department have all the tools they need to do their job, and they have the resources that they need and the backup that they need to do that," Peterson said.
He said it's all about keeping people safe.
"When they don't have the adequate resources to handle those circumstances, things can go bad very quickly, it's where officers get hurt, it's where members of the public get hurt," Peterson said.
That is why Peterson was happy to welcome these six men to take care of the city.
"It's a great department, it has a lot to offer and they really work hard to help out the community," Sillers said.
Created: October 11, 2017 11:17 PM
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