ENID, Okla. — Enid Police Department's four newest officers took oaths of duty Thursday in a ceremony at Enid city hall.
Judge Linda Pickens administered the oath to Brock England, Courtney Cheatham, Zayne Herbel and Colten Herell. The four swore to defend, enforce and obey the Constitution and laws of the United States, the state of Oklahoma and the charter and ordinances of the city of Enid.
Presenting the officers with their badges, Chief Brian O'Rourke warned the four of the great responsibility that comes with their badges.
"We provide a service to the community, and they expect us to follow this oath," he told the officers. "I want you to take this day seriously. Be proud of what you're doing. You’ve put a lot of hard work into it."
England comes to the department from Wichita Police Department, where he worked for five years. Growing up in the Hennessey and Bison area, he said it was mainly family that led him to apply with a department closer to home.
"I took the job in Wichita and got experience there but felt it would be better served in my own community," he said. "It’s a calling. People say it’s a job. It’s a calling."
Cheatham, from the Tulsa area, said she was recruited by Capt. Bryan Skaggs to apply for the job at the department.
"I like the idea of making a difference in somebody’s life," she said, "and helping them if I can."
Cheatham said she wants to advance into the department's Detectives Division, and beyond.
"I would like to be in detectives, juvenile crimes," she said of her goals. "And, my ultimate 15-year plan is to be in the FBI one day."
Herbel grew up in the Oklahoma City area but moved to Enid and graduated here after his got a job in town.
He studied at University Central Oklahoma for a double bachelor's in forensic science and criminal justice.
"The original reasons I got into that was crime shows like 'Criminal Minds' and 'CSI,'" he said. "Going to college and learning about it, you finally learn the truth. I have always wanted to be in a field that has the opportunity to help people."
Herbel said he wants to become an adult crimes detective.
Herell said he has lived most of his life in Enid and wanted to be a police officer since he was child.
"I've kind of always just kept my eye out for the job to pop up here and it finally opened up again," he said. "I’ve kind of wanted to be a cop since I was kid."
Herell said he would like to become one of the department's K-9 handlers. "I just want to help people."
After receiving his badge Thursday, he said it felt "awesome."
"It's like a dream come true."