Two new officers have joined the ranks at the City of Delaware Police Department.
Travis Elkins and Bob Brown were recently sworn in as police officers for the city of Delaware and said on Friday that they were excited to serve the community.
Elkins said he has been a police officer for nine years and previously worked for the police department of Huntington, West Virginia.
Elkins said he wanted to relocate his family to central Ohio and found the Delaware Police Department during his research.
“What drew me to Delaware is that [the Delaware police department] is very involved in the community and have a number of outreach programs to get out there and get to know the public,” Elkins said. “It’s a growing city that’s growing progressively forward. It seemed like a good area and good fit for me. I think the police department and police officers should be involved in the community and have the community’s trust.”
City of Delaware Police Capt. Adam Moore said that Elkins will also be doing some on-the-job training because West Virginia peace officer certifications are different than Ohio’s.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know the community better,” Elkins said.
Elkins said he is very involved in outdoors activities like boating and hiking in his spare time.
Brown is a Delaware County native and graduated from Buckeye Valley High School. Brown said part of the reason he wanted to work for Delaware was that his father was a deputy with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.
“The only things I ever heard about the Delaware Police Department is good things,” Brown said. “They have a good rapport with the community, so that’s what led me to want to apply here.”
Moore reported that Brown completed his peace officer training in July and was hired on afterward.
“I’m looking forward to getting to build a good rapport with the community,” Brown said. “It’s important to change the outlook people have towards police. We’re here to help the community.”
Brown said in his free time he enjoys working on vintage cars.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.