By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Five new officers joined the ranks of Enid Police Department Thursday, after being sworn in by Judge Linda Pickens during a ceremony at city hall.
Chief Brian O’Rourke presented each with their badges and insignias, while shaking hands and welcoming them to the force.
Wayne Fletcher, William Maddex, Kyle Pierce, Alex Collums and Anthony Miller took the oath, promising to protect the law and residents of Enid. The five will attend the next Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training academy beginning July 31.
O’Rourke told the five men they would be held to a high standard as officers of the department.
“You’ve just taken your oath of office and we’re going to hold you to it,” he said.
Referring to their oath and badges, O’Rourke said, “With both comes a lot of responsibility. You’ve got a lot more learning to do, the academy to pass and classwork before you become a CLEET-certified officer.”
Fletcher, a native of Skiatook, said he learned of an opening at the department from a professor at Southwest Oklahoma State University. He said he’s wanted to be a police officer his entire life.
“I want to serve my community, and I think the best way to do that is to enforce the laws of my community,” he said.
Fletcher said he wants to become a detective with the department, because of the depth of investigation it involves with cases.
“I’d get to see their outcome,” he said. “Working the case is what most appeals to me.”
Maddex, from Meeker, said he heard of the job from a city employee.
“I came up here and visited, liked the town and applied,” he said, adding he also has a sister who lives in Enid.
Maddex said he wanted to join the force because of the new experiences each day at work would bring.
“I’ve wanted to be a police officer for a long time,” he said. “It’s not the same job every day.”
Maddex said he has hopes to join the department’s Narcotics Unit.
Enid native Kyle Pierce said he read about an opening at the department in the newspaper.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” he said.
Pierce spent six years with the Army National Guard and has been deployed to Kuwait.
“It seems like a good transition,” he said. “I’d like to be on the streets for a while and move up to detectives.”
He said the main reason he wanted to join the police force was to help people.
“I think I’ll be able to do a lot of good and make a positive difference in the community.”
Alex Collums, also an Enid native, said he joined because he likes the community.
“I’ve lived here all my life,” he said. “I like the size of Enid.”
Being a police officer has been a dream of Collums’ since he was a kid. He sees being an officer as offering different opportunities each day.
“Every day is not going to be the same,” he said. “I look forward just being able to make a difference.”
Collums said he wants to join the department’s SWAT team.
Miller, also from Enid, is a former Marine who served four years and was deployed to Iraq.
He was applying with Oklahoma City Police Department when he told Enid was looking for officers. He said he’s always wanted to be a police officer.
“It’s something I’ve strived for my entire life,” he said. “I’d like to get into narcotics.”
Miller said he’s seen the damage drugs can do to person’s life .
“There’s just something about drugs,” he said. “I just can’t stand them.”
Before attending the CLEET academy, the officers will begin their in-house training with the department during the interim. It takes about one year for a newly hired officer to be trained
“It’s a good group,” O’Rourke said. “They’re adapting well.”
Applications still are being taken for officers at the department.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply through the city of Enid’s website, www.enid.org.
Applicants must be 21 years of age by the time they attend Oklahoma Council of Law Enforcement and Education Training academy, and cannot have any felony convictions. Candidates also must pass a physical agility test, polygraph and psychological examination, drug screening and undergo and pass a background check.