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Newest Kennewick police officer sworn in

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- The city's newest police officer is a woman.

Chief Ken Hohenberg Monday swore-in Holly Baynes, 23, the step-daughter of Richland Fire Chief grant Baynes, who along with several relatives and friends attended the ceremony at Kennewick Police headquarters.

A graduate of Kamiakin High School, Baynes says she has always wanted to work in law enforcement.

"My story that I tell everyone is when I was about 12, I made a business card that said, ‘secret agent' on it. So I've just always wanted to be involved in law enforcement in some way."

Many people in Kennewick may remember Baynes when she coached swimming and served as a lifeguard. She also tutored math students at Southgate Elementary School and volunteered at the YMCA.

Baynes will train at the police academy before she begins patrols early next year.

Baynes is the 90th police officer in Kennewick.