KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A Richland native has come home to the Tri-Cities and is now the newest officer at the Kennewick Police Department. Chief Ken Hohenberg swore in Darren Elison at the Kennewick Police Department Thursday morning.
Elison becomes the 92nd officer on staff, which is only one officer away from the maximum for the department.
He attended Richland High School and then joined the Air Force for six years.
Elison says his experience in the military helped him prepare for police work. "Where I was stationed at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, we did primarily law enforcement and we had a lot of civilians on base," says Elison. "So, everything I did while I was stationed at home was law enforcement oriented. I did a lot of training with the Utah State Police and a lot of local law enforcement."
Elison's next stop is the police academy for 19 weeks of training. After that, he'll train for 14 more weeks at the Kennewick Police Department.