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Kennewick Chief Swears in New Officer, PD Now Largest Ever

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Fellow officers congratulate newest Kennewick Police Officer, Brooke Zimmerman. Fellow officers congratulate newest Kennewick Police Officer, Brooke Zimmerman.

KENNEWICK, WA. - For only the second time in the past decade, the Kennewick Police Department is fully staffed.

Chief Ken Hohenberg Thursday swore in his newest officer, Brooke Zimmerman, KPD's ninety-third commissioned officer.

Kennewick has never had this many police officers, but given the population of more than 70,000, Hohenberg says would like about a dozen more.

"Right now, we're having to manage call activity," Hohenberg says. "Our supervisors will manage call activity that comes in, so if you're the victim of a crime that is not an in-progress crime, it could be a car prowl or burglary, sometimes you have to wait, and that can be frustrating for a victim and we understand that. But our priority has to go to the in-progress calls."

But Hohenberg says the department is committed to being selective when hiring new officers.

"I would rather work short-handed than work with the wrong person in the organization, which actually creates more work for us and it doesn't serve the citizens well."

Zimmerman's parents flew in from Florida to see their daughter sworn in. Zimmerman's father pinned the police badge on his daughter.

Zimmerman will spend the next four months at the police academy before she returns and begins patrols.

She says she wants to get involved with young people, helping in the DARE program and youth athletics. 

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