GREENVILLE – Greenville Police Officer Ryan Benge was sworn into active duty on Monday in the Greenville’s Council Chambers, marking the first of two new officers slated to join the department in 2014.
“I’m just glad to be here,” said Benge. “The Greenville Police Department seems like a great group to work with.”
Both Greenville Police Chief Dennis Butts and Greenville Mayor Mike Bowers wished Benge congratulations as he was sworn in, which concluded an intense selection process that began in June of 2013.
“He was the highest quality person we had presented to us,” said Chief Butts. “We go through a very extensive hiring process, and we preferred a higher character rather than training. We can train people, but we can’t give them character.”
Benge, 23, previously served as a part-time Auxiliary Officer with the Ansonia Police Department and served in the United States Army for three years prior to that.
He also grew up in Greenville and chose the career of a police officer in order to give back to his community.
Benge will now undergo the roughly 12-week training program implemented by the Greenville Police Department to assist his acclimation.
Currently the Greenville Police Department is reviewing a list of 10 candidates to fill the additional officer’s position.