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New Officers Join Hattiesburg Police Department

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HATTIESBURG- Two new officers are serving the Hattiesburg Police department.

James Reid and Ashley Ruple were sworn in Thursday.

"Of course we always like to have officers that are experienced to join our police department," HPD Chief Frazier Bolton said.

Both graduated from the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer's Training Academy in Pearl.

Reid was a police officer in Hattiesburg from 2005 until 2008, and is excited to be coming home.

"I love working with people I work with and being able to serve our community," Reid said.

Ruple is transferring from the City of Petal.

"I'm looking for different experiences and broaden my horizons a little bit, just to get out there and do a little meet and greet and get to know the citizens of Hattiesburg," Ruple said.

The pinning ceremony was especially special to her since she was pinned by her mother, who works with the HPD crime scene unit.

"It meant a lot to me knowing we're working for the same department now," Ruple said.  "I've looked up to her ever since I was very very young. She's my role model."

Chief Frazier Bolton said these two are an important addition to the growing force, which now employs 108 officers.

"We're always going to be here for the citizens, and Hattiesburg is going to always be safe under my watch." Bolton said.

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