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New cops to join RHPD
RHPD currently has three officers-in-training. They are (from left) Bobby Linton, Ruben Acosta and Wendell Jarrell. - photo by Ross Blair

Three new RHPD officers-in-training are currently being schooled, in anticipation of joining the ranks.

RHPD Officer Lance Warren just left the force due to military commitments. Officer In addition, Officer Jason Dean will be deployed come the first of the year. This will drop the number of officers from 28 to 26…but not for long.

As long as their training pans out, trainees Ruben Acosta and Wendell Jarrell are slated to fill those spots. Also training with them is Bobby Linton, who has plans to become an RHPD reserve officer.

Chief Billy Reynolds said, based on what he has seen thus far, the men should make fine additions to the force.

The three have already completed classes on reporting and taser use and now must spend ten weeks in the police academy.

Acosta is a Philadelphia native who wound up in the area after just finishing two tours of Iraq.

Jarrell is a Bryan County native. He is originally from North Bryan, but now resides in Richmond Hill. He is leaving a career with JCB to join the police force. Jarrell said the deal was clinched after conversations with current RHPD officer Tim Saia. Several years ago, Dr. Saia left a thriving medical practice to follow his heart in becoming a police officer.

"Like Tim said, it’s not too late to follow your dream," Jarrell said. "After talking with him, I decided to go for it. I’m glad I did. I’m excited about my new career and can’t wait to get started."

Linton, a long time Richmond Hill resident, restores classic cars under the employ of Richmond Hill auto enthusiast Danny Bryant.


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