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March 7, 2014

Stillwater Police add seven recruits

STILLWATER, Okla. — Seven people will join Stillwater Police Department as patrol officers after being sworn-in Thursday in the Stillwater Municipal Courtroom.

The men and women were surrounded by friends and family as Judge Tanya Raun put each under oath.

For them, it was a step closer to being in full gear and patrol car.

The application process took six months to complete.

Recruit Chris Hummel said he began his application in October.

“It’s a good feeling,” Hummel said.

They begin in-house training first, which Hummel said he hopes to complete by mid-May. From there, recruits go to state training in Ada for several weeks, Tuesday through Friday.

It’s new territory for some and familiar ground for others.

Recruit Danyle Smith has 11 years in law enforcement.

Before joining Stillwater, her career took her to Comanche, Lawton and Kansas.

It taught her how to address the public, where there may be some fear of police or retaliation.

“I introduce myself first and am approachable,” Smith said. “It puts people at ease.”

During the training period, officers are paid and provided housing while in Ada.

“It’s a lengthy process,” said Stillwater Police Chief Ryan McCaghren.

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