By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
One new officer joined the ranks of Enid Police Department Thursday after being sworn in by Judge Linda Pickens during a ceremony at city hall.
Devin Horton swore to protect the laws of Oklahoma and residents of Enid during the ceremony, as his family, fiancée and 4-year-old daughter watched from the front row of seats in the courtroom.
Chief Brian O’Rourke presented Horton with a badge and insignias, while shaking hands with him and welcoming him to the department.
“This is a great responsibility. You know that, don’t you?” O’Rourke asked while handing his newest officer a badge.
“Yes, sir. I do,” Horton replied.
Horton, an Enid native, recently received his bachelor degree in criminal justice from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
“I feel good,” he said following the ceremony. “I’m glad to be here.”
Horton said he was born in Enid and attended school here until the sixth grade. He returned after high school to get his degree.
“I really want to join the SWAT team as soon as I can, if I can qualify,” he said. “Maybe some day I can be a detective.”
Horton is not the first officer in his family. He said his grandfather worked for Covington Police Department and worked his way up to chief.
“My family is here and I went to school here,” he said. “I just want to give back to the community and protect the streets where I live and my family lives.”
Horton will attend the next Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training police academy in May.