“It’s a pretty exciting day for Norwalk because it’s the first time we will have 25 officers (total),” Mayor Rob Duncan said.
Matthew Chapman, of Huron, Caleb Cotterill, of Monroeville, and Briana Good, of Wakeman, all received their training at the EHOVE Career Center police academy. Each new officer thanked their family for their support after Duncan administered their oaths of office.
Safety-service director Ellen Heinz welcomed the officers to the city.
“I know your families are so proud,” said Heinz, who called Friday a “bright, shining moment in your lives.”
Chapman is a 2016 Huron High School graduate. He had several family members at city hall with him, including his parents Russ and Becky Haslage, of Huron; his sister Stephanie Chapman and her boyfriend, Ryan McDermott.
When asked why he decided to go into law enforcement, Matthew Chapman said he wants to help people and looks forward to doing “something different every day.” He also has multiple family members who are cops; his sister works for the Perkins Township Police Department and boyfriend is with Lorain County Metro Parks.
Cotterill, the son of Shaun and Amy, was home-schooled and earned a certificate in machining from Lorain County Community College.
“It’s a different challenge each day. I want to be there to help people every day. I want to live a distinguished life for the country and community,” he said.
Good is a 2013 Western Reserve High School graduate who earned her associate degree in criminal justice from Lorain.
“I just want to help the community,” said the daughter of Steve and Michele, of Wakeman.
Other relatives were at city hall to support Good, including her grandmother Lois Hilaman, of Wakeman, grandparents Art and Darlene Good, also of Wakeman, and her sister Izabelle.
Having 25 full-time officers in the department “is a big deal,” said Chief Mike Conney, who was familiar with Chapman, Cotterill and Good from “their basic training” at EHOVE.
“It’s going to be extremely helpful,” he added.
Conney also said he has confidence the new officers will do well and hopes they will remain in Norwalk for their entire careers.
“I know they’re good people; they’re going to be good cops,” he added.