An alternate during the last hiring process, Jeffery L. Stinson II, 25, Terre Haute, told The Brazil Times being a police officer has been a lifetime goal.
"I've dreamed about being a police officer since his childhood. I spent 196 hours riding along with the Terre Haute Police Department," Stinson said. "Since graduating in 2008 with a bachelor degree in Criminology, I've been applying to various law enforcement agencies in the area."
Stinson looks forward to creating and building strong relationships within the Brazil community.
"It's very exciting to be a part of the Brazil City Police Department," he said about his first shift and beginning field training operations with his fellow officers.
Police Chief Dave Archer confirmed Patrolman Jeff Bucklin recently turned in his resignation with the intention to return to college.
"We wish (Jeffery Bucklin) the best of luck in the future," Archer said, adding his belief that Stinson will be a great asset to the department.
Already certified by the Public Employees Retirement Fund (PERF) and other paperwork successfully completed, Stinson will attend law enforcement academy as soon as an opening occurs and -- within the next year -- complete required testing, field training and a ride-along period with a department training officer.