Officers Reid Thayer and Trenton Browning; photo courtesy of the Columbus Police Dept.

Two new officers joined the Columbus Police Department when they were sworn in Tuesday morning during the Board of Public Works and Safety Meeting.

Lt. Matt Harris, department spokesman, says that Officer Trenton Browning is a 24-year-old native of Bartholomew County and a graduate of Edinburgh Community High School. Browning attended Purdue University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science with a minor in Military Science and Leadership. Browning also serves in the Army National Guard.

Officer Reid Thayer is a 23-year-old native of Hope and graduate of Hauser High School. Thayer attended Vincennes University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security and Public Safety.

Harris says that both officers will undergo training at the Columbus Police Department before they start at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy later this month.