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HPD at full force with new officers

Aug. 22, 2013 @ 11:28 PM

HUNTINGTON -- With the addition of two new probationary police officers Thursday, the Huntington Police Department was at full force for the first time in 11 years, Mayor Steve Williams said.

The new officers, John Colyer of Genoa, W.Va., and Christina Trembley of Huntington, were sworn in during a ceremony at Huntington City Hall.

With the swearing-in of the new officers, the police force is 106 officers strong, said Williams.

Colyer and Trembley will attend a 16-week basic training session at the West Virginia State Police Academy in Institute before they return to Huntington for their assignments, said Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook.

"We are here to support you in every way possible," said Holbrook. "We look forward to the exciting careers you both have ahead of you."

Colyer said he has been taking classes at a local community college in preparation for his duties.

"It's exciting," said Colyer. "This is something I've known I always wanted to do, and I'm glad the time has come."

Trembley is a native of California who was stationed in West Virginia during her tenure in the Army.

She previously served as an Army National Guard police officer.

"My family has always been big on giving back to the community whether it's volunteering, politics, the military, education or police service," said Trembley. "You should always be trying to do something to give back, and this is my opportunity to do that."

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