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Three Officers Join Kennewick Police

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Kennewick Police Department is gradually getting back to full force.

Chief Ken Hohenberg Wednesday swore in three new officers:

Cory McGee, 26, a Southridge High School graduate and a Marine veteran; Ryan Fisher, 27, who graduated from Pasco High and served in the Air Force; and Cindy Blackmore, 21, she and her husband and two children live in Richland.

Even with the new officers, Chief Hohenberg says the police department is still understaffed.

"This will bring us to 91. I still have two more positions yet to fill," Hohenberg says. "So this helps but certainly not at a level we need to be at yet."

Wednesday is not only a big day for the new officers and their families, but also for the chief and his family. Hohenberg today marks his 35th anniversary on the police force. He became chief ten years ago.

The new police officers will spend the next several weeks at the police academy in western Washington before returning to the Tri-Cities and beginning their patrols.

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