Coon Rapids’ newest police officer has received her oath of office.
Mayor Tim Howe gave the oath of office to Emily Kirchner in a ceremony at the May 1 Coon Rapids City Council meeting and Kirchner’s father Terry pinned her permanent badge on her.
According to Police Chief Brad Wise, the timing of the ceremony marks Kirchner’s graduation from field training.
The oath of office ceremony is worthwhile because “the relationship our police officers have with our citizens is a significant one, in that it serves as the foundation for our collective sense of safety and security,” Wise said.
A lifelong Anoka County resident, Kirchner graduated from St. Francis High School and attended Metropolitan State University, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice.
She received her Minnesota law enforcement certification following additional course work at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
“Emily brings to us a solid work history with her spending several years as a community service officer with the Centennial Lakes Police Department,” Wise said.
At the same time, Kirchner worked as a police reserve officer for the city of Blaine.
“She came to us highly regarded, both for bringing what was universally described as a positive attitude and for bringing a strong will ‘to get things done’,” Wise said.
Both those attributes, he likes to see in police officers, according to Wise.
To become a Coon Rapids Police officer, Kirchner had to go through what Wise described as a daunting process, competing against many other talented candidates before being selected to join the department.
Kirchner has been involved in field training since she joined the department in January.
She has been trained and evaluated daily on what she knows and what she still needs to learn, Wise said.
“It is designed to be an extremely stressful process to make sure we’ve hired the right people,” he said.
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