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Wenatchee Police Dept. Adds Five New Officers, Nearly Back to Full Staffing

The city of Wenatchee and its Police Department have been working for the past few years to increase its ranks following layoffs during the Great Recession, and replace an aging police force.

On January 4, Chief of Police Steve Crown swore in four new Officers in a single ceremony. City officials said that has not happened in many years, if ever, in the department’s history. The new officers are Zak Nesary, Josh Pearce, Rheid Cline and Riley Koch. All four hail from the Wenatchee valley, graduating from Wenatchee, Eastmont, and Cashmere school districts.

Officer Nesary graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy in Burien January 3; officers Pearce, Cline, and Koch graduated last month. All four now head into the Field Training process where they’re partnered with training officers for about fourteen weeks each. The city said it has another recruit entering the academy this spring.

Wenatchee Captain Edgar Reinfeld joins Dan Langager on the KOHO Morning Show to talk about the hiring process and what it means for police services across the city.



Photo: Wenatchee Police Dept.

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