"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."