2 new police officers are already certified law enforcement officers.

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Two new Mansfield police officers were sworn in at Mansfield Council Chambers on Tuesday.

Staci L. Hankins and Joshua R. Taylor will begin their duties as trainee police officers, assigned to the Office of Special Operations, Professional Standards Section. Both are certified law enforcement officers, having completed peace officer training.

Security Service Director Dave Remy was sworn in Tuesday morning in Mansfield City Council Chambers.

Mansfield Police Chief Keith Porch said both officers will be able to start their jobs much sooner as they already have the police academy training behind them. He said Tuesday’s hiring brings the number of sworn police officers to 82 and the department is budgeted at 87.

“Our luck is that these people are both certified officers,” he said. Field training will begin in two weeks.

As of August 2021, Taylor, 26, has been employed at the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office as a transportation deputy. A graduate of Lexington High School in 2015, Taylor said he also attended schools in Ontario and Clear Fork growing up.

Hankins has stated that she has wanted to become a police officer since she was young as her father, Jim Weaver, was a Galleon police officer, having retired in 1987. Hankins is a graduate of Northmor High School. Since June 2017, Hankins has served as a dispatcher with the City of Mansfield Police and Fire Department.

Taylor and Hankins said they wanted the job because they like helping people.

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