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Monday, January 4, 2010

Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw, with assistance from Brazil Police Chief Dave Archer, performed a swearing-in ceremony Monday at City Hall for the newest patrolman, Robert Van Buren. Van Buren, a former reserve officer, begins his official duties Wednesday. [Order this photo]
The Brazil City Police Department has another new full-time police officer.

"It is great to see the police department getting back up to speed," Brazil City Mayor Ann Bradshaw told The Brazil Times about the newest addition to the BCPD.

On Monday, Bradshaw swore in Robert Van Buren, 21, Brazil, as BCPD Police Chief Dave Archer looked on.

"Being a reserve for a couple of months now, Robert understands how things work and has already begun training. He will make a great addition to the department," Archer said about Van Buren and new hire Johnnie Bohnert in December. "We will be replacing the two vacant positions for reserve officers in about a month."

Newlyweds of four months, Van Buren's wife Brittany stood next to him during the ceremony as his mother-in-law, Toni McWilliams, and her daughters Emily and Allison, proudly took pictures of the occasion.

Van Buren, who took some time off from college to serve in the military police in the Army National Guard, is working toward his degree in Criminal Justice at Indiana State University.

"I've wanted to be a police officer since I was little," Van Buren said about the new job. "I'm looking forward to helping make a difference in the community."

Already certified by the Public Employees Retirement Fund (PERF) and other paperwork successfully completed, Van Buren officially become a patrolman Monday but began his official ride-along duties on Wednesday.

Within the next year, Van Buren will attend law enforcement academy, complete his testing and begin field training. He hopes to specialize his training toward a goal of becoming a United States Federal Marshal in the future.

"I really like being in law enforcement," Van Buren said. "I'm looking forward to helping clean up the streets."

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Good luck!!

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 4:53 PM


-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 5:42 PM

Thank you Mayor Bradshaw and Police Chief Archer for the additional officers who will help keep our city safe. A very wise investment of our tax dollars. Best of luck to Officer Van Buren and Officer Bohnert. The community welcomes you!

-- Posted by Claycountian on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 8:51 PM

WOOOT WOOOT!!! Way to Go Robert!!

-- Posted by momof2brightones on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 8:29 AM

What rock was the money under - or did it fall out of the sky, new employees, looks like several new vehicles at the p.d., things must have really turned around there, always reading about shortage of people and all of a sudden over the past few months its all apparently turned around, so whats the secret needs to be done on several projects in other departments.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 1:41 PM

Ombudsman- From what I understand, these are not new positions but vacant positions. BPD has had a few officers leave recently who are now being replaced.

-- Posted by snow on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 11:36 AM

If they have not had money to fill vacant positions and the p.d. has had to work so short handed, there has been no new budget that I know of, so where did the dollars show up from to replace officers and buy several new vehicles ? If I were an officer who was way overworked because of not enough manpower and suddenly there's more than enough to replace vehicles and officers,I would want to know: where has that money been ?!? Who and why wasn't this put on the agenda months ago ?!?

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Wed, Jan 13, 2010, at 10:50 AM

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