Four new Huntington police officers sworn in
HUNTINGTON -- Friday marked a substantial step in achieving a lifelong goal for 20-year-old Adam Ankrom of Huntington.
The son of a police officer, Ankrom was sworn in as a probationary officer for the Huntington Police Department during a ceremony Thursday at Huntington City Hall.
Ankrom was one of four probationary officers who were sworn in during the ceremony by Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, who was sworn in as mayor of Huntington less than 24 hours prior to Friday's ceremony.
Williams said he was eager to have the new officers trained and working as soon as possible.
"We need these officers, and we need them trained and back in Huntington sooner rather than later," he said. "For this to occur in my first week as mayor is a joy especially after, around this time last year, being part of the Finance Committee for City Council, where we made it a priority to make sure we could get the additional funding the city needed to add these officers."
Before going on patrol, each officer will participate in a 16-week basic police training session at the West Virginia State Police Academy in Institute, W.Va., before returning to Huntington for assignment.
The new officers, in addition to Ankrom, were Brennan K. Simpkins of Huntington, Nicholas C. Wyrick also of Huntington and Shane S. Wilburn of Salt Rock.
During the ceremony, Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook said he has high expectations for the newest officers on his force.
"I wish you all luck, but don't let us down," Holbrook said. "The bar for you is high, and we expect a lot out of you."
Ankrom said he eagerly awaits the challenges before him.
"It feels good to have made it to this point, and I want to make sure I do a good job," he said. "Since my dad was a cop, this is something I've known I wanted to do since I was little, and I want to do my best for the people of Huntington and make sure I do everything right."